A Lagos Peoples Democratic Party chairman, PDP, Moshood Salvador and 10 others have been remanded in prison custody over alleged murder of one Mr Adeniyi Aborishade, the party chairman in Apapa local government.
Magistrate A. Komolafe ordered the remand of Salvador after he was arraigned at the Yaba Magistrate Court was charged on a two-count information of conspiracy and unlawful killing punishable under sections 233 and 223 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
Others charged along Salvador are Kehinde Fasasi, Rotimi Kujore, Fatai Adele, Ismaila Abiola and Amos Fawole, Victoria Falowo, Mukaila Odukoya, Oropo Isaac, Mohammed Abu Babangida and Ugochukwu Nwoke.
The accused persons have since pleaded not guilty to the offences preferred against them by the police. Subsequently, they were ordered to be remanded in Ikoyi prisons pending the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP advice.
The court has adjourned the matter till August 27, 2018.
The arraignment and detention of the accused persons came as the Lagos Chapter of the PDP, through its solicitors, Jefferson &Co, urged the state police command to carry out thorough investigation into the killing of Aborishade, while denying the state police public relations officer’s statement alleged to have portraying the state PDP and its leaders as gang of hooligans.
In the letter signed by Mr K. O. Osinowo to the Commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal, it stated that five of those people detained and charged alongside the accused persons-Kehinde Fasasi, Rotimi Kujore, Fatai Adele, Ismaila Abiola and Amos Fawole for murder are innocent party leaders who reported the shooting of the deceased to the police, in order to apprehend the criminals that carried out the dastard act.
It stated that the five people are the complainants who now turned to “principal suspect” by the police, while demanding immediate retraction to the press statement issued by the police portraying the leaders as criminals.