Court Remands Six Suspects Over Muslims, ‘Egungun’ Worshipers Clash In Osogbo

Aftermath of the Muslims and Masqueraders worshipers clash in Osogbo that resulted to death of an Islamic society leader and many other wounded, an Osun state Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo has remanded six suspects over the issue.

Counsel from the state ministry of justice, Moses Faremi prayed the Magistrate Asimiyu Adebayo to take charge of the case from the police prosecutor who brought the case involving masquerade’s custodian, Chief Kayode Esuleke; Chief Imam of Kamorudeen Central Mosque, Kazeem Yunus and four others over attack on the mosque where one was shot dead and 14 other worshippers sustained injuries to the court.

The suspects are: masquerade custodian Kayode Esuleke, Adeosun Kola, Idowu Hakeem, Kareem Yunus, Salawu Jimoh, Alarape Sulaimon and Raimi Saheed were brought to court over the attack.

The counsel to the Islamic group asked the court to maintain the present status quo of the defendants saying the 4th to 7th defendants should remain on administrative bail while the 1st to 3rd should remain in the police custody, while the counsel to the Masquerade worshippers, Abioye opposed the application and asked the court to use its discretion.

The state prosecutor, Faremi told the court, “a crime has been committed and our interest in the ministry of justice is for justice to be served.”

In his ruling, Magistrate Adebayo granted the parties’ prayer on the charge sheet on the need for proper filling, while he ordered the remand of all the six defendants in police custody, and adjourned the case to Monday, 12 for further hearing.

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