Chief Taoreed Farounbi, alias Baba Alado, and six others are the leaders of the Aswani international market the Federal Government has filed terrorism charges against.
In the case presented before Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos, the accused, Farounbi and others, were charged with having a hand in acts of terrorism that led to the death of Debo Olohunyo and Chibuzor Daniel, in the White Sand area of Isheri-Osun, Lagos State on March 19, this year.
The prosecution is also indicting the defendants for participating in the destruction of properties in the market by unleashing chaos.
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According to the rule of law, the defendants acted contrary to Section 1(2) (a) of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended by Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act 2013.
Alhaji Olusegun Akinde, alias Echo, Ayokunle Fakiyesi, Idowu Akinde, Musiliu Oladejo, Lekan Matthew, and Adeleke Akindeji are the co-defendants of this case.
The court procession which was scheduled for Monday had to thwarted because only one of the defendants, Lekan Matthew, was present while the others were no where to be seen. According to the prosecuting counsel for the state, A. K. Alilu, the other defendants had not been seen again after they were granted administrative bail.
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However, M.B. Jimoh-Akogun, who is the defense counsel is assertive that his clients had not fled but merely a mix up with the date they had to appear in court.
Following Jimoh-Akogun’s undertaking to accept service of the charge sheet on his clients, Justice Hassan ordered that the charge sheet be served on him, while he made an order remanding Matthew in correctional custody, pending the defendants’ arraignment on January 28, 2021.