Three men face trial for setting neighbour’s car ablaze, shooting him

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

The Police in Osun State have arraigned three men at a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly attempting to kill their neighbour and torching his car.

The defendants, Waisu Badmus, 31; Asimiyu Ismaila Badmus, 40; and Idris Muta, 35; were said to have conspired with others at large to commit the acts.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Sunday Adepoju, told the court that the offences were committed in January this year, adding that they also caused breach of peace in the neighbourhood by their actions.

The charge brought against the trio read that “You (defendants) and others now at large, on or about January 20, 2022, at Abogunde Village, via Ara in the Ede Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: threatening violence and attempted murder.

“You and others now at large did, with intent to intimidate or annoy, unlawfully arm yourselves with guns and other dangerous weapons and threatened to kill one Muraina Olaleye. That you did, with intent to kill, unlawfully fire guns (shots) at one Muraina Olaleye and his building.

“You did conspire among yourselves to commit a misdemeanor to wit: willful damage and conduct likely to cause breach of peace. You did willfully and unlawfully set fire on one Toyota Camry car with registration number LND 443 DV valued at N1, 700,000, property of Muraina Olaleye.”

The offences are said to be contrary to and punishable under sections 516, 86, 320, 517 and 451 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun, 2002.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges. Their counsel, Kehinde Adepoju, urged the court to grant them bail in liberal terms, explaining that they would provide reliable sureties.

The prosecutor objected to the bail application on the ground that the trio would abuse the bail privilege and may return to attack the complainant.

Magistrate I. R. Ladipo granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000 with one surety in the same amount. He said that the sureties must be civil servants not below Grade Level 06.

The matter was adjourned till June 21 for hearing.