Osun court remands masquerade custodian, son for alleged murder of Muslim cleric during clash

By Charles Akinbode

An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has ordered that a masquerader custodian, Kayode Esuleke, and his son, Ifasola, be demanded in the correctional facility in Ilesa over an alleged murder of a Muslim cleric, Moshood Salawudeen, during a clash.

The presiding judge, Justice Ayo Oyebiyi, on Tuesday ordered that the two accused persons be remanded in prison custody because of the magnitude of the alleged offense.

During the court trial, the state prosecutor, Mr. Abiodun Badiora, informed the court that both Kayode Esuleke and his son committed the offense on June 27 at Arayin street in Osogbo, the state capital.

According to him, followers of the masquerader and Muslim worshippers clashed at Kamarudeen mosque, leading to the death of one person and destruction of many property.

He further told the court that the clash with the Muslim worshippers at the mosque led to breach of peace during which one of the Muslim worshippers was killed while many were inflicted with injuries and the mosque destroyed.

He said the offense contravened Sections 83, 249 (1)(d), 35, 320 (1)(2), 451, and 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 , Vol.11, Law of Osun, 2002

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the 13-count charge of murder, attempted murder, malicious damage, assault, breach of public peace and engaging in a public fight.

The defense counsel, Mr Abimbola Ige, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.

However, Justice Oyebiyi, overruled the bail application by the defense counsel and ordered that the defendants be remanded in Ilesa correctional facility.

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He adjourned the case until September 21 for consideration of bail.

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