A 37-year-old man, Taiwo Ishola, has been remanded in custody by an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court for the horrific killing of his younger brother’s two children.
The defendant, whose address was not provided, is facing a one-count charge of murder.
The Police Counsel, F.A. Oyewole, moved a motion in relation to Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws of Ogun, praying for an order to remand the defendant.
Oyewole asked for the defendant’s remand for 60 days initially at the Oba Correctional Centre, pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
According to the counsel, Ishola committed the offence on Aug. 5 at about 5:30 p.m. in the Mile 6 area of Obafe road in Abeokuta.
He said the defendant killed Promise Ishola, 9, and Testimony Ishola, 7, the sons of his younger brother Idowu Ishola.
Oyewole also alleged that the defendant used a machete to sever the children’s heads and other parts of their bodies, leading to their death.
The counsel explained that the defendant went to his younger brother’s house and took the children on a motorcycle when their parents were not around.
He said when the deceased children’s parents returned from work and noticed their absence, they went searching for them.
A co-landlord in their area then informed them that they had seen the kids with Taiwo, their elder brother.
When the defendant was questioned, he claimed he had not seen the children, leading the co-landlord to label him as a suspect.
This prompted the deceased children’s father to report his brother to the police.
Upon his arrest and during the investigation, the defendant made a confession that he had killed his two nieces in the bush.
The police later visited the crime scene and discovered the remains of the children.
Oyewole, however, stated that the offences committed contravened sections 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun 2006.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Esther Idowu, ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Oba Correctional Centre, pending legal advice from the state DPP.
She then adjourned the case until Oct. 16 for mention.
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