Sophiat's Killers Arraigned In Court, as Crowd Bully Them
On Thursday, an Abeokuta Magistrates' Court in Isabo, Ogun State, ruled that four teens accused of murdering Sofiat Kehinde, a 20-year-old girl, be held in prison for two months.
Balogun Mustaqeem, 20, Majekodunmi Soliudeen, 18, Abdulgafar Lukman, 19, and Waris Oladeinde, 18, were charged with conspiracy and murder on two counts.
The youths were arrested on Saturday for reportedly severing Kehinde's skull and burning it in a pot as part of a ceremony.
Inspector Lawrence Balogun, the police prosecutor, told the court that the defendants committed the crime around 11 p.m. on January 28 in Abeokuta's Kugba neighbourhood.
The defendants, according to Balogun, conspired among themselves to murder Kehinde, Soliudeen's lover.
They killed her by cutting off her head with a cutlass, according to him.
The defendants murdered Kehinde with the intention of using her in money rituals, according to the prosecutor.
The defendants were remanded in prison when the Magistrate, I. O Abudu, refused to accept their pleas.
They were detained in the Oba Custody Centre seeking legal advice from the Ogun State Directorate of Public Prosecutions, according to Abudu.
She did, however, postpone the case until March 14 for a hearing.
Meanwhile, the courtroom was packed to capacity with the victim's relatives and other sympathizers who had come to see the arraignment.
While being transferred to prison custody, our correspondent witnessed the defendants being bullied.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.