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A magistrate’s court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta yesterday, ordered the remand of five men who allegedly killed a Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) officer, Hamisu Sani, earlier this year.

The defendants are – Taiwo Oyedele, 29, Onifade Jamiu, 21, Kunle Soderu, 25, Soji Soderu, 30 and Sunday Oloyede, 28.

The defendants, who were arraigned on a three count charge of criminal conspiracy, murder and attempted murder, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecuting counsel, B.G. Emenike, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on January 6th at Asero Kampala market area of Abeokuta.

Emenike said the defendants brutally attacked operatives of the NCS, killing Sani with a cutlass and gun, while another officer, John Michael, was injured.

In his ruling, Magistrate T.O Obasanjo ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The magistrate, thereafter adjourned the case till March 22, for mention.

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