An Ado-Ekiti High Court has granted bail to three suspects accused of murder during the riot that trailed the land dispute between Ayede and Itaji communities in Oye Local Government Area on January 31.
The suspects, Joshua Akanbi, Abiodun Ogundaisi and Segun Ogundaisi are
standing trial for complicity in the murder of one Seyi Oladipo during
the battle between the two communities for the ownership of Orisunmibare farm settlement.
The application for bail for the accused persons was filed and moved by their counsel, Mr. Sule Longe.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, Justice Toyin Abodunde admitted the three suspects to bail in the sum of N500,000 and one
Each of the surety, the judge ruled, must be a community leader, who must deposit his Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).
She held that the suspects must sign an undertaking not to cause any trouble or be involved in breach of public peace and to maintain peace
throughout the period of the trial stressing that the court will not hesitate to revoke the bail if they cause trouble again.
Before the ruling was delivered, prosecution counsel, Mr. Adebayo Arogundade applied to amend the charge filed against the accused
persons which was granted by the court.
The accused persons are standing trial on two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.
Arogundade also told the court of his readiness to call ten witnesses to give evidence in the case and prayed for a short date to assemble the witnesses.
The court adjourned the case to 6th and 7th of November for definite hearing.
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