By Tope Kayode
Four extra young men have been remanded at Olokuta Correctional Service Centre by a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure over alleged murder, arson, malicious damage and stealing at Sotitobire Church in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
They are ; Yusuf Owa, 27, Adebayo Adeyemi, 22, Adeleye Omowumi, 28, and Adu Babatunde, 27.
This is an additional number of suspects to be remanded in prison as 14 people were earlier remanded in connection with the crisis, making the total number of 18 suspects at Olokuta Correctional Service center.
The accused persons are facing a six -count-charge of felony, conspiracy , murder, arson and stealing.
According to the charge sheet, they committed the offence on December 18, 2019, at about 9:45am at Sotitobire Church, Oshinle, Akure, in the Akure Magisterial District.
The alleged offences were said to be contrary to sections 383 and punishable under sections 324, 516,319(1), 443(a), 451 and 390(a).
The defendants were alleged to have killed one Sergeant Sheidu Ocheopo (m) by smashing him to death with tyre rim and stones at Sotitobire Church, Oshinle, while performing his lawful duty.
They were also alleged of setting ablaze Sotitobire Church Oshinle and Ajipowo branches, including Police Hilux patrol vehicle, AK47 rifle with breach No, 4777 and some vehicles belonging to individuals valued at N2 million.
Other items that were set ablaze, according to the charge were; Toyota Siena, Range rover Jeep, Toyota venza, Toyota Camry and Lexus car valued at N250 million, belonging to Alfa Babatunde Olumoyo.
Also some church items like rug, amplifier, fans, and other valuables in the church, valued at N600,000, were said to have been stolen.
The Prosecuting Police officer, Inspector Uloh Goodluck, informed the court of his intention to move a motion on notice for the remands of the defendants at Olokuta, Correctional Service Centre.
Counsel representing the first defendant, Mr. M.O Ojo, and counsel to third and forth defendants, Mr. Afe Felix, opposed the moving of the motion, drew the attention of the court to the fact that the motion before it was just serve in the court, in they need some time to file their counter affidavit.
While the counsel representing the second defendant Mr. John Olowookere, did not oppose to the prosecutor moving his motion for remand.
The Magistrate, Mrs Charity Adeyanju, ordered that the defendants be kept at Olokuta Correctional Service Centre, pending when the move of motion on notice for the remand of the defendants.
She adjourned the case till January 20, 2020 .
Meanwhile, the Sotitobire Church Founder, Alfa Babatunde is expected to appear in court on Friday, January 17th for the hearing of his case of alleged kidnapping of one year old boy, Gold Kolawole who got missing in his church in November 2019.