Court Acquits murder suspect three years after

Court Acquits murder suspect three years after

Court Acquits murder suspect three years after

An Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti discharged and acquitted Gbenga Aluko, 33, who had been on trial since 2018 for allegations of secret cult membership, unlawful possession of firearms, and murder. Aluko had been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of unlawful possession of firearms.

Several counts of participation in a secret society, illicit possession of guns and murder were filed against Aluko, according to the charges.

The charge reads, “That Gbenga Aluko (29) on February 13, 2018, at Ado Ekiti, was found to be a member of a secret cult i.e Eiye confraternity and also on June 13, 2018, was found in his possession a gun as well, on the same day murdered one William Ayegboro in Ado Ekiti.

“The offences run contrary to Section 4(1) of the Secret Cults (Abolition and Prohibition) (first amendment) Law No. 6, 2017 of Ekiti State, Section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap. R11, Vol.14, Laws of the Federation 2004 and Section 316 of the Criminal Code Cap. C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

Witnesses who gave statements to the police said that he and the late Ayegboro were talking at a beer parlour in the Atikankan neighborhood of Ado Ekiti at about 8 p.m. when a man whose face he couldn’t see well pulled out a revolver and shot him in the face before fleeing, according to the police statement.

When the dead was discovered, he was sent to the hospital where he died.

Awoniyi, the prosecution, summoned three witnesses and submitted as evidence the defendant’s statement, a bond to produce and release his mobile phone, a warrant to bury the deceased, and a warrant to bury the dead, among other things.

Although Aluko admitted to having been a member of the secret cult before his relocation to Ado Ekiti, he claimed to have renounced his membership before moving to the state. He also claimed to have been unaware of the deceased’s death because he was in Akure at the time he was informed of the incident, according to the evidence presented in court.

Justice Adekunle Adeleye, said:

“The evidence led by the defendant that he was in Akure on that fateful day was not challenged by the prosecution under cross-examination.

“Consequently, the prosecution could not prove beyond reasonable doubt the presence of Aluko Gbenga at the scene of the killing of William Ayegboro on June 13, 2018, in Ado Ekiti.

‘’On the whole, count one of the charges (membership of secret cult) is hereby dismissed, while the defendant is discharged and acquitted on count two and three (unlawful possession of firearms and murder) of the charges, for failure on the part of the prosecution to establish the ingredients of the offences alleged against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt.”

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