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Court remands four tenants for exhuming landlord’s corpse

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A Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos on Monday ordered that four men be remanded in police custody for allegedly exhuming the corpse of their landlord and selling his property.

The accused, Silifatu Abisile (60); Jimoh Abisile (52); Gbade Bakare (56); and Isaiah Bakare (45) were arraigned on a-five-count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping, breach of peace, forgery and false assumption of authority.

The Police Prosecutor, Williams Ologun, told the court that the accused committed the offences on November 1st, at Ishola Daniel Street, Oshodi.

Ologun alleged that the accused had conspired to illegally sell the house they were living, which belongs to the landlord.

He said that a prospective buyer had insisted they relocate the grave of the landlord situated in front of the house before he would make payments.

“My Lord, they forged an exhumation of corpse permit from Oshodi-Isolo Local Government and dug up the corpse of the house owner, Sumonu Bakare, who was buried in the compound.

“They also kidnapped the son of the deceased, Gbenro Bakare, who is crippled, thinking he was the only surviving child of the deceased,” Ologun told to the court.

In addition, the Prosecutor said that the first and second accused were relatives of the deceased, while the third and fourth accused were long time tenants on the property.

He said that the third and fourth accused had registered for change of name to ‘Bakare’, which was not their real names, claiming to be the children of the deceased.

The offences were said to contravened Sections 76 (1) [c], 168 (1) (d), 271 (1), 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Peter Ojo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

In his ruling, Ojo insisted that one of the sureties must be a blood relation and must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

He said each of the sureties must also show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos Government and be gainfully employed.

They are to remain in prison custody pending perfection of their bail conditions.

The case was adjourned till January 10, 2018 for trial.

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