A landlord, Raimi Ogunniran and his son, Kazeem Raimi, have been arraigned before an Osun State High Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State capital, for allegedly killing one of their tenants’ wife, Mrs Adija Fatunbi.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that Ogunniran and Raimi fought with Fatunbi, who was heavy with pregnancy and her husband, Tajudden on December 30th, 2003 at 2, Okumabo Street, Osogbo.
The medium further gathered that Ogunniran reportedly hit Fatunbi with a gun on the head, which led to the death of the decease nine days after the incident.
When the case came up for hearing last Monday before Justice Jide Falola of the court, state prosecution counsel, Mr Moses Faremi, moved an application to amend the one-count charge of murder levelled against the suspects to two-count charge of murder and indecent assault on Fatunbi.
The application, which was not opposed by defence counsel to the accused persons, Mr A. Lawal, was granted by Falola, on the grounds that the prosecution has the rights to amend the charge and that the case has suffered so many adjournments.
Falola adjourned the case to February 17, 2009, for hearing and ordered that the prosecutor should assemble all his witnesses on the adjournment day.
Investigation by the medium revealed that Raimi was first arraigned at an Osogbo magistrate’s court 1, on January 19, 2004, where he was ordered to be remanded in prison custody.
The case file was duplicated and sent to Director of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Osun State, which ordered the arrest and arraignment of Ogunniran (the landlord) on November 25, 2004, before Justice Wasiu Akanbi.
It was gathered that the case suffered a set back in 2005 when justice Akanbi was transferred to a State High Court in Ile-Ife, a development that impeded the trial of the father and his son.
After the transfer of Justice Akanbi, one Justice Abdul Kabir Abdullahi, tried the case for some times before he was also transferred to another high court, after the prosecution had closed its case.
Justice David Afolabi of High Court 4, Osogbo, took over from Abdullahi and tried the case for some months before it was transferred to Justice Falola, who is handling the case presently.