OrderPaperToday – Five suspects linked to the attack on the family residence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s in Ilorin, Kwara State, have been arrested and will be remanded in prison custody following their arraignment before an Ilorin Magistrate’s court.
They were arrested by operatives of the Criminal Intelligence and Investigating Department (CIID), Police headquarters, Ilorin.
According to the Police First Information Report (FIR), the suspects are: Omotosho Alawo, Ibrahim Shittu, Usman Ayilara Gobir, Ahmed Shina and Olashehu Ndarabi.
The FIR’s statement was disseminated by Saraki’s aide on New Media, Olu Onemola, on Thursday. The report informed that the suspects were alleged to have unleashed terror on Agbaji and Ode Alfa Nda communities, Ilorin during an electioneering campaign in the metropolis.
“The suspects engaged themselves in a free for all during which Yusuf Babatunde, Ibrahim Taofeeq, Adisa Muritala, Hussein Hassan sustained serious injuries.
“The fracas also led to the destruction of several vehicles parked within the areas by innocent citizens while buildings were also damaged”, the FIR reportedly added.
The FIR stated that the “suspects confessed to have actively participated in the fracas with others who are presently at large.
“One of the phones stolen at the scene of the mayhem was said to have been recovered from one of the suspects, Alawo.”
Meanwhile, before the Magistrate Mariam Dasuki, the suspects were arraigned for “criminal conspiracy, mischief, theft, an attempt to commit an offence to with culpable homicide contrary to sections 97,327,288,299 of penal code.”
The prosecutor, Gbenga Ayeni asked that the court remand the suspects in prisons custody pending the determination of police investigation on the matter while the accused’s counsel, Ayodeji Saka urged that the court disregard the prosecutor’s prayer because the accused were still presumed innocent until contrarily is proven and remanding his clients is tantamount to pre-trial.
While delivering her judgement, Magistrate Dasuki ordered that the suspects should be remanded in prisons custody and adjourned the case to February 12, 2019.