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Army school commandant’s suspected killers to be charged on four counts

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Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

The killers of the commandant of the Command Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan, will now be charged on four counts instead of the earlier three counts announced by a magistrate’s court sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan on February 1, 2017.

The ‎accused persons were first arraigned for the first reading of their offences, which stressed that they were being charged for three offences.

The commandant, Col. Anthony Okeyim, was killed on December 11, 2016, three weeks after he was promoted to the rank of a brigadier.

Six suspects were arrested by the Two Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, and handed over to the Oyo State Police Command for prosecution in January 2017.

The suspects are: Solomon Agada Emmanuel, 20; Taiwo Adeniyi, aka Ejima, 33; Bibisoye Kehinde, aka Efrebor, 27; Ewere Andrew, 25; Udobata Onusa-Uzi, aka Kaka, 28; and Ephraim Obi, 38.

During their first arraignment in court, the police said the suspected killers threw Okeyim from the balcony of his one-storey official apartment inside the school, resulting in his death after he landed head first on the floor.

On Thursday, the Chief Magistrate of the court in Iyaganku, Mrs. Ebeloku Mustapha, said based on the legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution, charges against the accused persons had been adjusted and that she would await the information that would refer the case to the appropriate court for hearing.

She also ordered that the suspected murderers be remanded in Agodi Prisons, while also adjourning the case till June 13, 2016.

The prosecutor, Mr. Ken‎ Brasana, told the court that the offences committed by the accused persons contravened sections 324 and 401, punishable under section 402(1), and section 316, punishable under section 319 of Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.

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