The Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, who is in prison custody on the order of an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court on allegations of
conspiracy, attempted murder and murder is seriously ill.
A prison officer, Mr. O. Osamuyiwa, told the court on Monday when the monarch was supposed to appear for trial that the Olukere was “seriously sick” and on admission at the Prison Clinic.
Osamuyiwa, while explaining while Obasoyin was absent in court, told the court that the monarch was to be referred to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) for further medical attention.
The Olukere was charged to court for murder on December 27 in
connection with violence that rocked the commissioning of his hotel Ikere-Ekiti on December 23.
He was charged alongside five of his subjects – Adewole Sunday, Adetowoju Bode, Kayode
Michael, Olowolafe Tola and Aluko Taiwo.
The other accused persons were present in court.
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr. Gbemiga Adaramola, told the court that the state was taking over the prosecution of the case from the police.
He sought an adjournment to render the necessary legal advice.
Counsel to the accused persons, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi, kicked against an attempt to read the charge in the absence of the Olukere.
But presiding Magistrate, Mrs Dupe Afeniforo, said there was nothing
to worry about Adeyemi’s concern since the plea of the accused had not been taken.
The magistrate ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice and adjourned the case till January 19.