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Ile-Ife clash: Court orders remand of monarch, pastor, others in prison


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A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief o Daily Nigerian
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An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo on Friday ordered that suspects arrested in connection with the Ile-Ife clash be remanded in prison pending the commencement of the hearing on June 14.

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The police on March 20 paraded 38 suspects in relation to Ile-Ife ethnic attack in which at least 40 Hausa minorities living in Sabo Ile Ife area of Osun State were killed by a militant gang on March 7.

The trial judge, Kudirat Akano, gave the order in her ruling on Friday.

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Earlier, the prosecutor had filed an application for the suspects to be remanded in prison after they pleaded not guilty to the 14 counts of murder, armed robbery, arson and others leveled against them.

However, the defence counsel, Muritala Agboola, objected to the application but Justice Akano overruled it.

Recall that the suspects were on April 26 arraigned before the Justice Akano-led court.

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