Court remands two over alleged murder of RCCG pastor

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Two teenagers, Farouk Mo­hammed, 16, and Kasali Ja­miu 19, who allegedly mur­dered a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pas­tor, Babatunde Dada, aged 46, were remanded by a Yaba Chief Magistrate Court at Special Correctional Centres for Boys Oregun and Ikoyi Prison, respectively.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Linda Balogun, remand­ed the defendants on Wednes­day pending the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The defendants were charged along with two oth­ers, Mumuni Toheeb, 21, and Mubarak Soliu, 20, for alleged­ly receiving a Spark S Techno Phone of the deceased valued at valued N60,000.

The Prosecuting lawyer with State Criminal Inves­tigation Department Panti, Mr. Julio Hodonu, informed the court that he brought a remand application for the remand of the suspects for the first 30 days.

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The defendants are facing a three-count charge border­ing on conspiracy, murder and receiving of stolen item, preferred against them by the Police.

Hodonu said that the de­fendants allegedly committed the offences on December 3, 2021.

He said that the incident took place at Road 13, 6th Av­enue Festac Town, in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State.

The prosecutor said that Farouk and Jamiu conspired amongst themselves and un­lawfully killed one Babatunde Dada, by stabbing and club­bing him to death with a bot­tle and wood.

He also said that Toheeb and Mumuni, on December 3, 2021, at Ijora Badia, received a Spark S Techno Phone worth N60,000, property of one Babatunde Dada (the de­ceased).

The prosecutor the offenc­es committed is punishable under Sections 411, 223 and 328 (1) of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.

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Mr. Oyekanmi Isijola, an­nounced his appearance for the first defendant Farouk Mohammed, while S. A. Ade­wale, appeared for the third and fourth defendants.

The second defendant Kasali Jamiu, had no legal representative.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendants for the first 30 days pending the DPP’s advice.

Isijola, however, raised an objection that the first defen­dant is a minor and should not be remanded in prison, but a juvenile centre.

He said, “The first defen­dant is a minor, he is a 16 year old boy, he is not 18 years and he should go to juvenile cen­tre, he was born in 2005, he is 16 and he would be 17 years old this year.”.

However Magistrate Balo­gun ordered that the first de­fendant should be remanded at Special Correctional Cen­tres for Boys Oregun and the second defendant Ikoyi Pris­on respectively.

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Meanwhile, the Magis­trate granted Mumuni To­heeb and Mubarak Soliu bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

She said that the sureties must show proof of employ­ment, proof of source of in­come, show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government and have their addresses verified.

The case was thereafter ad­journed till February 14, 2022, for DPP’s advice.

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