Eight persons arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Olajide Blessing Omowumi, a 300-level student of the University of Ilorin appeared in court on Wednesday, June 30.
The suspects; Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Moses Oluwatimileyin (aka Jacklord), Oyeyemi Timileyin Omogbolahan, Abdulkarim Shuaib (Easy), Kareem Oshioyemi Rasheed (Rashworld), Abdullateef Abdulrahman, Daud Bashir Adebayo (Bashman) and Akande Taiye Oladoja, were brought before Justice Ibrahim Adebayo Yusuf of an Ilorin High Court on Wednesday.
Their trial could, however, not commence because of the inability of three of the suspects to produce a legal counsel. Justice Yusuf, however, adjourned the case till July 6, 2021, and ordered that they should be remanded in Mandala Correctional facility.
It is recalled that the Kwara State Police Command had confirmed the suspected rape and murder the victim in her residence located at Tanke area of the Ilorin metropolis on June 2, 2021.
The Kwara State Government had filed an 11-count charge against them.
According to the charge sheet, three of the defendants, Ismail, Moses and Omogbolahan, conspired to rob the deceased of her “Samsung Galaxy A2 Core handset and carted away other items, including one black Acer Aspire 1 series laptop, one Samsung drive, one pink wireless mouse, one white handheld mini sewing machine, one Infinix charger and one gold colour wintouch tab while armed with offensive weapon including a black wooden pistol gun”.
The prosecution also accused five others of aiding and abetting the receipt of stolen items. They were also accused of stealing the sum of N116,000 from the GTB account of the deceased.
The late Olajide, 24, who was living with her elder sister at Tanke area, University road, Ilorin was gruesomely raped and murdered few months ago.