Friday 14 June 2024

How Adeleke's Appointee Used Stone to Smash Head of Muraina : Witness Tells Court

A principal witness in the murder and terrorism case against Olalekan Dauda popularly know as Emir Ajagungbade, a Special Adviser to Gov. Adeleke and member of the Osun State Transport Management Committee told the court on Thursday how the late Muraina Olayiwola was killed at Christ Methodist Church (CMS) junction, Oluode area, Osogbo.

Muikaila Ibraheem, 75 years old, testified before the court that he witnessed the murder of Muraina on February 27, 2022 by the suspect, Olalekan Dauda ( Emir Ajagungbade)

At the resumed hearing of the case before an Osogbo Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel, Police Counsel, from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Umar Usman announced his appearance for the Inspector General of the Police and informed the court to call the principal witness in the case.

Justice Emmanuel granted the request of the police and invited Muikaila to the witness box where he narrated how Olalekan also used stone to smash his Samsung phone. 

Muikaila said "On 27th day of February, 2022 around 12pm,  I heard a gun shot while sleeping on my bed. I didn't want to stand up but one of my sons, Abdurahman, called me that there were gun shots. I moved to the gate of my house, looked up but I didn't seen any body. However, when I looked at the nearest roundabout, I saw two people lying on the floor. They were still alive, the defendant (Olalekan) was standing before them. 

"The moment I sighted the defendant (Olalekan) because I know him very well, I approached him  and asked that what was the offence of the people lying flat before him. I pleaded that he should free them and in the process, he told me not to intervene because I don't know their offence.My phone rang and decided to pick the call. It was my child calling, asking me to return home. While receiving the call, Olalekan approached me and forcefully collected my phone and used big stone to smash my  Samsung A 27 phone.

"After smashing my phone,  he used the same stone to break the head of one of the people who were lying down before him and that one died immediately. One of the victims' name was Muriana Olayiwola. I went to Dugbe Police Station to report and they came to CMS junction. They met the dead body and evacuated him to LAUTECH, ( Now Uniosun Teaching Hospital) with the support of Anti Cultism Police team led by one Inspector Gabriel." Muikaila narrated.

Counsel to the defendant, Edmond Biriomoni, during the cross-examination asked the witness how he identified and recognized Olayiwola's name and the witness replied that his family members told him his name when they came to the morgue to claim the corpse of the deceased.

The defense counsel however requested for the statement written by the witness at the police station and tendered it as Exhibit 1A.

The case was latter adjourned till July 3rd, 2023 to call additional witnesses in the cases.

At the hearing today, Barrister Yinka Okedera also announced his appearance for complainants.

It would be recalled that Olalekan Dauda was docked before Justice Emmanuel on March 15, 2024 for offence bordering on terrorism, murder and conspiracy and subsequently remanded in Ile- Ife correctional centre. He was latter granted bail after staying for weeks at the Ile-Ife prison.

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