Osun court remands ‘notorious’ thug, Oko Ilu over murder, arson
11 August 2022 | 2:36 am
A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, capital of Osun State, yesterday, remanded a notorious thuggery kingpin, Hammed Rasheed, popularly known as Oko Ilu in Ilesa
A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, capital of Osun State, yesterday, remanded a notorious thuggery kingpin, Hammed Rasheed, popularly known as Oko Ilu in Ilesa Correctional Centre over the murder, and arson charges.
The police in the state had arraigned Rasheed on nine-count charges, bordering on murder, conspiracy, illegal possession of guns and dangerous weapons, arson, wilful damage of people’s vehicles as well as belonging to an unlawful society known as Eiye Confraternity.
The 29-year-old defendant was smiling in the courtroom during his arraignment.
Rasheed was brought to the court and docked under heavy security presence. A lawyer, Taiwo Awokunle, represented the accused person.
After the police prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun announced his appearance, the Chief Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara, said there was no point reading the charges preferred against Rasheed in the open court since the court lacks jurisdiction to take his plea nor grant him bail.
Ayilara then ordered that the defendant be remanded in Ilesa Correctional Centre till October 7, when the matter would be mentioned.
He asked the police prosecutor to forward the duplicate of the case file to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ministry of Justice in the state for legal advice.
The charge sheet obtained in court by The Guardian revealed that the defendant and others, said to be at large, between February 13, 2020, and August 7, 2022, terrorised the people of Ede community in the state, and killed two persons and shot a police officer.
Those allegedly killed included Hassan Adedeji and Idowu (a.k.a Delta). Rasheed was accused of unlawfully shooting Inspector Gbenga Eke with a gun with the intent to kill him.
Rasheed was also accused of setting houses ablaze, damaging vehicles and belonging to a secret society known as Eiye Confraternity.
His offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 324, 443 and 64 of the Criminal Code cap. 34 Vol.Il Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002, section 443 of the Criminal Code cap. 34 Vol.Il Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002 as well as section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap RII Vol 14 laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.