The police have arrested five more suspected killers of Mrs Funke Olakunri, 58-year-old daughter of the former national leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Mrs Olakunri was gruesomely murdered in July, 12, 2019 by suspected kidnappers along the Ore-Lagos highway. The suspects include Lawal Mazaje, 40, from Felele, Kogi State; Adamu Adamu, 50, from Jada in Adamawa State; Mohammed Usman, 26, from Illela, Sokoto State and Auwal Abubakar, 25, from Shinkafi, Zamfara State.
Four suspects had earlier been arrested by the police, in connection with the murder case and had been arraigned before the court. They include Muhammed Shehu, 26, Mazaje Lawal, 40, Adamu Adamu, 60 and Awalu Abubakar, 25.
They were arraigned on a three- count charge of conspiracy to kill, murder and kidnap at an Akure High Court presided over by Justice Bode Adegbehingbe. Their trials had been on since August last year, however with the additional five suspects arrested, this brought the total number of the suspects to nine. The arrest of five more suspects by men of Force CID, SWAT in connection with the murder was revealed at the resumption of the case at the court by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Grace Olowoporoku.
She said that the five suspects were arrested following the continuous mentioning of their names during investigation.
Olowoporoku, therefore, applied for a short adjournment to enable the prosecution to conclude investigation on the new suspects. She equally told the court that the IPO of the case was in court along with three of the suspects. The trial judge, Justice Bode Adegbehingbe has adjourned the case till April 27, 29, 30 and May 5, 2021 for the continuation of hearing.
Four suspected killers earlier arrested by the police were also alleged to have murdered one Ogunbiyi Matthew aged 65 and also kidnapped one Gerald Igboayaka the same day Funke Olakunri was murdered along Ore/ ljebu Ode Expressway on July 12th last year.
During the trial, the charges were interpreted to the four suspects in Hausa language. It reads “that Mohammed Shehu Is an, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs at Tollgate along Ore/ljebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire together to commit felony to wit: Murder and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 516 Of Criminal Code, Cap 37; Vol. I, Laws of Ondo State 2006.
“That Mohammed Shehu Is an, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs st Tollgate along Ore/Ijebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did murder one Olufunke Olakunrin (Nee Fasoranti) ‘f’ aged 58-year contrary to and punishable under Section 316 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
“That Mohammamed Shehu Usman, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12‘“ day of July, 2019 at about 0900hrs at Tollgate along Ore/ljebu Ode Expressway, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did murder one Ogunbiyi Matthew ‘m’ aged 65-year contrary to and punishable under Section 316 of the Criminal code, Cap36, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
“That you Mohammed Shehu, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu, and Awalu Abubakar and others now at large on or before the 12th day of July, 2019 at Honorable Court did kidnap one Gerald Igboayaka and thereby committed and of fence contrary to and punishable under Section 3(ii) (b) of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Abduction Law, 2010.”
The four defendants who had no representation in court, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges pressed against them.
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14 Years After Marriage, 50-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth To Triplets
A 50-year-old woman Mrs Ibukun Ajayi has given birth to a set of triplets 14 years after marriage.
Mrs Ibukun Ajayi who is married to Rev. Canon Ajayi and based in Edo State gave birth to all boys.
In an interview with New Times, Mrs Ajayi narrated her journey to motherhood after 14 years of waiting for her own children.
According to her, in the course of the 14 years, while expecting her own children, she kept caring for other people’s children.
However, people kept telling her to get her own child and stop taking care of other people’s children because they would not bear her name. Some other people felt she had medical problems.
But she insisted that medically she and her husband were certified good in different hospitals in different states.
While admitting that she “couldn’t go to some places because of the issue”, she also disclosed that her having three miscarriages were among the challenges she faced.
She said that nobody advised her to quit her marriage because of a lack of children. But Mrs Ajayi who is a devout Christian said that the devil occasionally brought the suggestions that she should quit the marriage. However, anytime such “suggestions are coming , believe me the Holy spirit is always there to talk to me and reassure me of the promises of God.”
“Yes people advised me to seek solutions to get children, some of the solutions are going to some churches, going to some people for herbs. In fact, someone called me and said that she would take me to a place where they would cook something for me, that after eating it, at the door post I will use a leg to throw the plate that would determine the sex of the baby. After talking they would say ‘we know you are a pastor’s wife, you will not agree but let’s just try it’, and my response has ever been God has promised to do it and He will do it, let’s keep on praying and believing God. They would say ‘we know you will not agree with us’. I refused to leave my church for another because it is not by church or denomination but your personal contact with God”, she said.
Mrs Ajayi credited her faith in God as a major source of her strength in the midst of her adversity.
She said :” What kept me going was the word of God, His promises for me personally, especially Isaiah 49:10-20 in particular, and I know the God I serve might delay, but He never denies me good things. I knew I would have children, how and when was what I did not know.”
She praised her husband for standing by her and assuring her of his love even though there were no children in the marriage.
” My husband was not bothered, he would always say children or no children it does not matter . He would also say that if a mad woman can give birth on the street then if God feels it is our turn He will do it, if not we can’t query Him.”
She also narrated her experience with her in-laws in the 14 years of a childless marriage.
She said: ” Initially they were patient but after some time they said I should adopt but I refused. I told them I would pray about it. Last year they came up with the idea again but I told them it’s my home and I have the right to decide what I want, so they should please stay clear and before you know it God did His miraculous work.”
She said that while she was personally opposed to adoption, she believes in caring for other children around her.
“I never wanted adoption, I believe in training other children that surround me or are close to me and treat them like my own which I did for many. So my house is always full of children especially during holidays,” she said.
Mrs Ajayi said that at a point in 2022, she was convinced that she would soon have her own children.
“We had a prayer conference in Oleh in Delta State last year. At the programme, the Lord asked me to write the names of my children. I wrote three names, that is for three children and God decided to give me at once.”
On whether she would like to have more children, she said that the set of triplets were enough for her.
RCCG Pastor Loses Throne As Soun Of Ogbomoso, Court Orders Fresh Selection
A former pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ghandi Olaoye, has been removed as the Soun of Ogbomoso land.
The Oyo State High Court in Ogbomoso ordered the removal .
Delivering the judgement on Wednesday, Justice K.A Adedokun said the process that led to his selection was illegal and, therefore, ordered an election of a new king.
Governor Seyi Makinde had, on September 2, approved Olaoye’s appointment to assume the vacant stool since the demise of Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi Agunbiade III, who died in December 2021 at 95 after a 48-year reign.
The kingmakers of the ancient town, thereafter, on September 8, 2023, inaugurated Olaoye as the new Soun despite a court order restraining his instalment to the throne following a suit filed by Kabir Olaoye.
Olaoye, according to the suit, argued that the monarch was not eligible to ascend the throne, adding that the selection process was flawed.
Toyin Falola Becomes Bọ́bapìtàn Of Ondo Kingdom
In a spectacular chieftaincy award ceremony that was held yesterday, October 23, 2023, renowned historian and scholar, Professor Toyin Falola, was honoured with the prestigious title of “Bọ́bapìtàn of Ondo Kingdom.”
This event, which also saw his wife, Dr (Mrs.) Bisi Falola, being conferred with the title “Yèyé Bọ́bapìtàn of Ondo Kingdom,” was hosted by His Imperial Majesty, Oba Dr. Victor Adesimbo Kiladejo CFR, the Osemawe and Paramount Ruler of Ondo Kingdom.
The conferment of these honorary chieftaincy titles marked a significant milestone in Professor Toyin Falola’s illustrious career and his deep-rooted connection to the cultural heritage of Ondo Kingdom. The ceremony was held as part of the 17th Installation and 70th Birthday Anniversary Celebrations of Oba Dr. Victor Adesimbo Kiladejo.
The chieftaincy award ceremony brought together a host of dignitaries, scholars, and members of the Ondo Kingdom community, highlighting the vibrant cultural heritage and the close-knit bonds that define the region.
Professor Toyin Falola, known for his outstanding contributions to African history and culture, is now set to embrace his new role as the Bọ́bapìtàn of Ondo Kingdom, with his wife, Dr (Mrs.) Bisi Falola, serving as the Yèyé Bọ́bapìtàn. This recognition is a testament to their commitment to upholding the values, traditions, and heritage of Ondo Kingdom.
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