A Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Ebute-Metta yesterday ordered 17 people arrested in connection with the killing of the Managing Director, Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, Mr. Tajudeen Disu, on Monday to be remanded in custody.
Delivering ruling in an application brought by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Magistrate (Mrs) Folashade Botoku said she aligned with the argument of the prosecution counsel which asked for the remand of the suspects for more days.
Disu was killed during a peace mission to one of the communities in the Free Trade Zone area in Ibeju Lekki after which 17 suspects were arrested by the DSS.
Mrs. Botoku however said what was brought before her was not a charge but an application to remand the suspects in custody to enable the police conduct thorough investigation. On the application for bail as requested by the counsel to the accused persons, she said while Section 264 empowers the court to grant the leave to remand them in custody, the same section does not empower it to grant them bail since it lacks jurisdiction to hear a murder case and cannot therefore consider the application for bail.
The prosecution argued that the court has the jurisdiction to grant the police an order to remand the suspects in custody for a minimum of 30 days. The suspects include; Dele Ajayi, Alhaji Tajudeen Jegede, Saidi Akanni, Oyelade Taiwo, Sunday Bulus, Abiola Ogunsanwo, Okunaya Stephen, Taiwo Gafar, Agunrege Banji, Gafaru Ahmed, Moses Okoro, Talabi Quadri, Ipaye Oriyomi, Quadri Yusuf and Tunde Yusu.