THE Police in Lagos has arraigned a self-acclaimed traditional ruler of Oguntedo Community in Satellite town, Lagos, Mr. Lateef Olarinde, his son, Yusufu Lateef Olarinde and three others; Messrs Sanni Olarinde, Kazeem Sadiku and Ayomide Babatunde Lateef for multiple murder, armed robbery, illegal possession of fire arms and sundry crimes.
The accused persons were said to be the brains behind heinous crimes including murder and armed robbery, kidnapping and flagrant disobedience to extant laws in Satellite town and environs.
The arraignment it was gathered, followed a stern advice from the Director of Public Prosecution DPP, Mrs. A.O. Adeyemi that “a case of murder, armed robbery, grievous harm, unlawful possession of fire arms contrary to Sections 224, 297(2) (a) 245 and 298(3) of the criminal Law Cap Ch. C17, vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015”; had been established against the accused persons.
In a nine count charge pressed against the accused persons in suit N0 1269C/2020, before Honourbale Justice Ighile of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, the accused persons were said to have conspired among themselves to commit murder, armed robbery and other grievous crimes; including exhuming the corpse of a late King of the Oguntedo Town, Oba Babatunde Olarinde and burnt it to ashes.
One of the counts read: Murder: That you, Lateef Yusuf Olarinde, Lateef Olarinde, Sanni Olarinde, Kazeem Sadiku and Ayomide Babatunde Lateef and others at large on or about the 29th of February 2020, around Ile-Epo bus stop, Satellite town, Lagos in the Lagos Division, unlawfully killed one Azeez Shonibare, male, by stabbing him with knives and different sharp objects all over his body and therefore, committed murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law Cap C17, 7123, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
However, the accused person pleaded not guilty to each of the charges preferred against them and were ordered to be remanded in Police custody till Thursday 20, 2020 for trial.
Earlier the accused persons were arrested by the Police attached to Satellite Division led by the DPO, CSP Chike Oti following several petitions bothering on murder, brazen lawlessness, extortion, breaking and entry, land grabbing, kidnapping and various crimes.
It was learned that the self-acclaimed traditional rule had attempted to compromise the DPO with a whopping N15 million Naira but was turned down on principle.
No fewer than 17 witnesses who suffered wanton destruction of their properties including a middle-aged woman, whose son was gruesomely murdered in cold blood, voluntarily testified against father and son and their cohorts to Police investigators.