Ejigbo Sodomy: Prosecution Closes Case June 16

An Ikeja High Court, on Tuesday, fixed June 16 for the prosecution to close its case in the ongoing trial of 10 people, who were charged with sodomy and assault.

They had allegedly committed the crimes against two women and a minor at Oba Morufu Market, Ejigbo.

The prosecution, led by Mrs Idowu Alakija, the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), told the court that the prosecution was closing its case with only one witness to give evidence.

“My lord, we are requesting a short date for adjournment in this matter, we have only one more witness, who is going to give a brief testimony,’’ she told the court.

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, in a short ruling, granted the request of the prosecution and adjourned the case to June 16.

“This case is hereby adjourned to June 16 at noon for the prosecution’s final witness.”

Earlier, ASP Olabisi Adejumo, a policewoman attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in her testimony, narrated the role of the market leader, Isiaka Waidi in the incident.

“As a member of the investigating team, I acted as an interpreter while collecting the statement of the first defendant (Waidi).

“I visited his house with members of my team while executing the search warrant and also recorded his statement.

“The defendant claimed that he was only at the crime scene in the beginning of the assault on the victims and that he later left for a meeting at Alausa.

“Our investigations revealed that his claims were not true as he was also in custody for six months during the investigation.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market leader, Isiaka Waidi, 61; Buhari Yusuf, 22; Abdullahi Haruna, 20 and Saheed Adisa, 29 are standing trial for the alleged torture and sodomy.

Others are Lateef Tijani, 37; Ahmed Adisa, 65; Azeez Akinosun, 36; Jimoh Busari, 50; Adekunle Adenuga, 38; and Oloruntoyin Dauda, 46, who is the woman leader of the market.

They are facing a-19-count charge bordering on conspiracy, attempted murder, sexual assault, maliciously administering poison, obtaining money by false pretence and deprivation of liberty.

The defendants were alleged by the prosecution to be members of the Odu’a Peoples Congress (OPC).

They allegedly tortured with pepper and sodomised Mrs Ajoke Agomo, her daughter, Nike Salami and her step daughter, Juliana Agomo for alleged pepper theft.



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