Court Orders Arrest of Defence Counsel in Unilorin Student Rape Case

- Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

Kwara State High Court in Ilorin, the state capital, yesterday, ordered the arrest of Mr. Sikiru Solagberu, counsel to one of the suspects standing trial for alleged rape and murder of a 300-level student of the University of Ilorin.

The court accused Solagberu of exhibiting conduct unbecoming of a lawyer after last Monday’s court proceeding by making uncomplime­ntary remarks in some television stations and social media platforms.

The suspects, Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Moses Oluwatimil­eyin, Oyeyemi Timileyin Omogbolaha­n, Abdulkarim Shuaib, Kareem Oshioyemi Rasheed, Abdullatee­f Abdulrahma­n, Daud Bashir Adebayo, and Akande Taiye Oladoja, were brought to court for alleged rape, murder and armed robbery.

The first three suspects are standing trial for alleged rape and murder of one Olajide Blessing Omowumi, a student of Unilorin in Tanke area of Ilorin early last month.

The other five, including Dauda Bashir Adebayo, were charged with receiving proceeds of armed robbery items.

The trio were said to have “conspired to rape one Omowumi also known as ‘Wumi (now deceased) armed with offensive weapons, including a black wooden pistol, towel, rope, leather belts, and thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law of Kwara State.”

However, at yesterday’s proceeding, the prosecutio­n counsel, who is also the state Attorney-General and Commission­er of Justice, Salman Jawondo, told the court that he received a letter from Solagberu (counsel to seventh defendant) indicating his withdrawal from the case.

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