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Witness tenders exhibits in murder case against ex-Oyo NURTW boss

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The prosecution in the murder trial of Mukaila Lamidi, the former Chairman, NURTW, Oyo State branch, on Thursday tendered a Peugeot 607, Nissan Micra and a gun as exhibits before the court.

Mr. Lamidi, along with Saheed Kareem, Taiwo Tijani, Abu Kareem and Kazeem Kayode, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, attempted murder and murder in an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan.

The defendants were charged with the murder of Adekunle Oladipupo on March 2, 2014, at Iwo Road, Ibadan.

Idowu Akeem, the investigating police officer and prosecution witness, while testifying before the court, identified the exhibits as the ones used by the defendants in the murder of Mr. Oladipupo.

Led in his testimony by Tajudeen Abdulganiyu, the state director of public prosecution, Mr. Akeem said the vehicles and gun were used by the defendants in committing the offence.

The counsel to the defence, Olalekan Ojo, however, did not oppose the admission of the exhibits tendered before the court.

During cross-examination by Mr. Ojo, Mr. Akeem said the Peugeot 607 belonging to Mr. Lamidi was recovered from Aremu Kabir, a car dealer, after the murder.

Mr. Akeem said Mr. Lamidi had instructed Mr. Kabir to sell the Peugeot 607 which was seen at the scene of the murder of Mr. Oladipupo.

The police officer said he recognised the car because one Saheed Adigun, who saw the defendants with the car as they committed the crime, described it to him.

Mr. Akeem said the Peugeot 607 car was recovered from Mr. Kabir at Iwo Road during patrol surveillance in the area.

Justice Eni Esan adjourned the case to June 23 for continuation of hearing.

At the arraignment in 2014, the prosecutor said the defendants also attempted to kill one Akeem Agbaje at 9.45p.m at the Iwo Road Motor-Park, Ibadan.

Mr. Abdulganiyu said the offences contravened Sections 516, 316 and 320 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges and had since been in prison custody.

(NAN)

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