Court remands couple for alleged murder of 22-year-old woman for rituals

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Court remands couple for alleged murder of 22-year-old woman for rituals

An Ogun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, on Thursday, remanded a couple, Kehinde Oladimeji, 43, and Adejumoke Raji, 35, in prison for alleged murder of one Ife Adeh, a 22-year-old woman.

The defendants, who were being tried on two counts of conspiracy and murder, reside at No. 72 MKO Abiola Way, Leme area in Abeokuta.

Magistrate I. O Abudu, who did not take the plea of the defendants, ordered that they should be remanded in prison. Abudu said the husband and wife should be remanded in Oba and Ibara Correctional centres respectively, pending legal advice from the Ogun State Director of Public Prosecution.

Earlier, the Police Prosecution Counsel, Miss Oluwatosin Jackson, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Jan.12, at Leme area of Abeokuta. Jackson told the court that the couple conspired  and murdered Odeh, who was a close friend of Adejumoke.

She  said  Adejumoke allegedly invited the deceased (her friend) to her house and prepared noodles with sleeping substance.
She added that, while the deceased slept off after the meal, Adejumoke allegedly strangled her and butchered her body, and sold the head for N70,000 to one ritualist in Ibadan.

Jackson also alleged that the offensive odour that emitted from the remaining part of the dismembered body in Adejumoke’s room attracted neighbours’ attention, leading to their arrest. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened sections 324 and 319(1) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun 2006.

The case has been adjourned to April 29, for hearing.

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