From the Court

Ilorin Horror: Father, sons face trial for unlawful possession of human parts


By Kayode Adeoti

One Suleiman Babatunde of Eleran compound in Oloje area of Ilorin, Kwara State, was yesterday arraigned before the state magistrate court for exhuming human corpse and for unlawful possession of human parts.

Babatunde was said to have conspired with his two sons, Abdulwahab Folorunsho Olaitan and Aliyu Oladimeji Olaitan who are at large to excavate and exhume the corpse of one Suleiman Saka.

He was dragged before magistrate Bio Saliu for Criminal Conspiracy and unlawful possession of human head and parts contrary to section 97 and 219 of penal code.

According to the Police First Information Report obtained from the court by this medium, one Aliyu Baba of Onilu compound, Oloje, was said to have reported the matter at Oloje Police station before it was transferred to the Police Criminal Investigative and Intelligent Department in Ilorin.

“He was in his house when he received information that the grave of his late son, Suleiman Saka, who died on 26th July, 2017 and buried on the same date behind the family house compound has been excavated, exhumed and taken away by unknown person.

In the course of police investigations, Saka’s body was traced to Babatunde’s house, where the head, two hands and two legs which were cut off and hidden on top of the ceiling were recovered.

The remaining part of Saka’s body was reported to have been driven off by the accused person’s sons, and one Jelili in a Honda Accord car with registration number, MUS- 150-ED to a yet to be ascertain place.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, the state prosecutor, Adewumi Johnson prayed the court not to grant the accused person bail. He said the offence, is not ordinarily bailable.

He argued further that granting the accused bail will jeopardise police chances to apprehend the other suspects who are still at large.

The accused person’s counsel, Sulyman Abdullah, who represented Barrister Toyin Onaolapo, prayed the court to discountenance the submission of the prosecutor even as he added that the issue of bail is the court’s discretion.

The court however ceded to the prayer of prosecutor and remanded the accused in Oke-Kura prison in Ilorin while the case was adjourned to 30th August, 2017.

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