Nigeria: Alleged Land Grabbing Kingpin, Facing Murder, Robbery Charges, Remanded in Prison

A Chief Magistrate Court in Sagamu, Ogun State, has ordered the remand of a suspected land grabbing kingpin, Kamorudeen Lamina, popularly called 'Sir K'.

Mr Lamina was arraigned over allegations of terrorising land owners in the south-western part of the country.

The accused is facing a four-count charge of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, murder, unlawful possession of firearms and armed robbery in suit number MSH/289c/2019, and will be remanded in prison pending further notice pending the Attorney-General's legal advice.

The charge reads: "That you, Otunba Kamorudeen Lawal (m) and others still at large with those in charge number MSH/82C/2011 on or before the 9th of March, 2011 at Ologbon Odukosi village, in the Sagamu Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony to wit; armed robbery and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 6(b) of the robbery and firearms (special provision) acts laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004."

The second charge reads, "That you, Otunba Kamorudeen Lamina and others still at large, with those in charge number MSH/82C/2011 on the same day, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did rob one Saka Gbemisola, Kareem Bello and others of the sum of One Hundred and Eighty Thousands Naira (N180,000.00), one Astor Electronic Teoolita with its tripod valued Thirty Thousand Naira (N30,000.00, gsm handset, cloths, shoes, wrist watches and identity cards value yet to be estimated while armed with guns, axes, cutlasses, knives and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 1(2)(a) of the robbery and firearms (special provision) Act Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004."

The third charge reads, "That you, Otunba Kamorudeen Lamina and others still at large, with those in charge number MSH/82C/2011 on the same date, time and place aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully conspire to commit felony to wit; murder and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 324 of the criminal code laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006."

The fourth charge stated that, "That you, Otunba Kamorudeen Lamina and others still at large, with those in charge number MSH/82C/2011 on the same date,time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully kill Akeem Adegbaru (m), Fatai Adeleye (m) and Adebisi Adelakun (m) by matcheting them with cutlasses and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 316 and punishable under section 319 of the criminal code of laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006."

The defence counsel, Bayo Omotuburuwa, had earlier prayed the court not to grant the ex-parte application which was placed before the court by the Prosecuting Counsel, Adeola Adeleye.

Due to this, the case was stepped down around 11.00 a.m., after which the court re-conveyed at 01.20 p.m.

The defence counsel also prayed the court to grant his client bail, quoting Section 307 of the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) to support his argument, but the court refused the prayer.

The prosecuting counsel, however, argued that nothing is stopping the ex-parte application from being heard in the court, adding that an application that is not challenged must be heard and the ex-parte application must be heard.

He added, "The court has the final decision to either grant the remand order or not, and the respondent has no order challenging the ex-parte application."

The chief magistrate, B.J Ojikutu, in his ruling, denied the bail application by the accused counsel and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison, pending the Attorney-General's legal advice.

He adjourned further hearing to September 26.

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