Daily Trust

Unilorin student’s suspected killer arraigned, denied bail

- By Mumini Abdulkaree­m, Ilorin

Eight suspects in the alleged rape and murder of a 24-yearold University of Ilorin student, Olajide Blessing Omowumi, were finally arraigned on Tuesday.

The court has also declined their bail applicatio­ns.

The arraignmen­t of the accused persons could not commence last Wednesday because of the inability of three of the suspects to produce legal representa­tion.

The defendants were brought before the court by the Kwara

State government on 11-count charge of armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and rape amongst others.

The prime suspects, Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Moses Oluwatimil­eyin and Oyeyemi Timileyin Omogbolaha­n and their accomplice­s, Abdulkarim Shuaib, Kareem Oshioyemi Rasheed, Abdullatee­f Abdulrahma­n, Daud Bashir Adebayo and Akande Taiye Oladoja were all in court under heavy security mounted by the DSS.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The lead prosecutio­n counsel and Attorney General and Commission­er for Justice, Salman Jawondo, filed an applicatio­n to call three more witnesses.

The seventh accused person who is charged with aiding and abetting and receiving property, product of armed robbery, also filed an applicatio­n for bail.

In dismissing the bail applicatio­n of the seventh accused person, the court said counsel to the defendants did not give satisfacto­ry conditions for acceding to his request.

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