Court remands driver who killed passenger along the bush path

Abdulqudus Ogundapo

An Ogun State Magistrate Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta has ordered that the two men who killed and dragged the corpse of their passenger into the bush along Sagamu-Benin expressway be remanded in correctional center.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that the magistrate gave the order on Friday when the defendants were arraigned at the court.

The defendants; Ogungbemi Gbenga 30, and Olibamoyo Tosin, 30 were facing a three-count charge of armed robbery, murder and stealing before magistrate, Mrs Folake Ogundele

The Prosecutor, Insp I.A Opayemi, had told the court that the defendants committed the offences on March 10, 2019, at about 8:00p.m. along Sagamu -Benin Expressway.

Opayemi said that the defendants conspired among themselves and robbed and murdered one Evelyn Linus.

He alleged that the defendants had picked the deceased as a passenger in their car from Sagamu to Okitipupa in Ondo State.

The defendants, however, veered off the highway, saying they were avoiding policemen becuase the vehicle particulars had expired.

“The duo went ahead and robbed the passenger of N420,000 and strangled her to death and threw her body into the bush,”he told the court.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 516 (1), 324 and 319(1)of the Criminal Code Vol 1, Law of Ogun 2006.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs Folake Ogundele, ordered their remand in a correctional facility pending legal advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Ogundele however adjourned the case till July 14, for mention.

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