Court remands three in Ekiti for allegedly exhuming corpses
Three men were, on yesterday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over the alleged exhumation of corpses and severing their heads.
The defendants, Kola Fatoye, 40; Abimbola Fatoye, 35; and Ahmed Ojo, 56, are facing a charge of exhumation of corpses.
The prosecutor, Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that the defendants committed the offence between March and September 2020 in Orun-Ekiti. She alleged that the defendants, dug up graves and severed heads of corpses at St. Pauls Anglican Church Cemetery in Orun-Ekiti.
Ikebuilo said names of the severed corpses are late Pa Philip Akintayo, late Madam Moreani Ajayi and eight others, using same for ritual (criminal charms), which was found in the possession of the defendants without reasonable excuse.
According to her, the offences contravened and punishable under section 242(1) b, 210 (e) and 213(b) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendants in the Ado Ekiti Correctional Centre pending legal advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP). The plea of the defendants was not taken.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, consequently ordered the remand of the defendants at the correctional centre pending issuance of legal advice. She later adjourned the case until November 6 for mention.
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