The High Court in Ekiti State has issued an arrest warrant on Olajide Awe, the Chairman of the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC).
Olajide and three (3) others (Faboro John Ojo, Aniramu Basiru and Falayi Busuyi) were accused of murdering two (2) persons Ayo Jeje and Mrs. Juliana Adewumi in Erijiyan Ekiti on March 30, 2013.
According to Justice Bamidele Omotoso of the Ekiti State High Court, Olajide and his three (3) accomplices must be produced in court by the police on the next hearing of the case which will be on October 5, 2016.
Yakubu Dauda, the Counsel to the Ekiti State Government, asked the court to invoke Section 94 of the state Administration of Criminal Justice Law, so as to force the appearances of the accused before the court on the next hearing.
“Consequently, I hereby invoke the provisions of Section 94 of the Ekiti State Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ekiti State by ordering that Bench Warrants be issued against the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants to compel their appearances before this court at the next day of adjournment and subsequently to stand for their trial. Justice Omotoso ruled
“Consequently, this matter is hereby adjourned till October 5, 2016, for hearing.”
The Ekiti State Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi noted that the court order will be served with immediate effect. “The court order will be served on the police with immediate effect, hoping that it will be complied with strictly.”
However, the Ekiti State APC Chairman (Olajide Awe) has reaffirmed his innocence in the alleged murder. He insisted that the charge against him is politically motivated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an attempt to silence the APC in the state.