A magistrate court in Osogbo, Osun State, has ordered the remand of two herbalists and four others at the Correctional Centre in Ilesa for allegedly killing a 35-year-old man, Ayoade Fasesan for ritual.
The police prosecutor, ASP John Idoko, told the court that the herbalists, Ifaseun Afolabi and Ifadare Afolabi, conspired with others and murdered Fasesan on May 24, 2021, at about 9:30pm in Ikirun, Osun State.
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Other accused persons include Badmus Shakiru, 29, Adeleke Kabiru, 38, Oloyede Maruf, 39, and Oseni Mukaila, 32.
Idoko said the accused persons callously and unlawfully cut the body of Fasesan into pieces.
He said their offence was contrary to and punishable under sections 324, 319(1), 517, 242 and 329A of the Criminal Code, Cap 34 Vol II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.
The third to sixth defendants pleaded not guilty to the count charge while the plea of the first and second accused persons was not taken.
Counsel to the accused persons, Shakiru Kabiru, sought their bail.
But the prosecutor opposed their bail applications on the ground that killings and other crimes were rampant in the state and that the punishment the offence attracts would force the defendants to escape if granted bail.
Magistrate O. A. Daramola remanded them in Ilesa Correctional Centre and ordered the prosecution to forward the case file of Ifaseun and Ifadare to the Department of Public Prosecution for legal advice.