Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court has issued a warning to the public, urging them to refrain from leaving charms in his courtroom. The judge delivered this caution on Monday during the trial of five men accused of the murder of Ifeanyi Etunmuse.
Addressing the courtroom audience, Justice Oshodi referred to a talisman that was found in the courtroom after the last adjourned date, labelling it as ‘property.’ He sternly warned against leaving such items in the courtroom, emphasizing that it should not be repeated, stating, “Do not leave your property here again. It does not work anymore.”
The charges against the five suspects – Atunrase Omolabi, Shittu Olawale, Olaide Opeifa, Olanrewaju Adebiyi (aka Maja), and Jamiu Omosanya (aka Orobo) – involve attempted murder and the murder of Ifeanyi Etunmuse at Western Funeral Home, Ijede Ikorodu.
During the trial, the defence counsel continued the cross-examination of the prosecution witness, Babatunde Olayinka. The lead defence counsel inquired whether the witness could affirm that the defendants were involved in the attack on the deceased and if he had a view of the compound of local politician and funeral services businessman, Oluwatosin Onamade, from his hiding place during the alleged attack.
The witness, who had hidden in the cemetery during the incident, stated that he couldn’t emphatically link the defendants to the body he saw.
The defence counsel for the fourth defendant questioned the witness about his earlier statement that Femi Onamade, a relative of Oluwatosin Onamade, knew the defendants personally. The witness confirmed that Femi was the one who knew the defendants and could identify them.
The prosecution counsel then requested a witness summons for Femi Onamade, which the judge granted. The trial was adjourned until February 19, 2024, for the continuation of proceedings. In a previous court hearing, the prosecution had alleged that the suspects also severed the wrist of Femi Onamade, the younger brother of Tosin Onamade.
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