The Ado-Ekiti chief magistrate’s court on Monday remanded three men in custody at a correctional center in connection with the murder of a 78-year-old woman, Mrs. Abiodun Arannilewa, in Ikere-Ekiti.
A widow and mother of five children were abducted from her home while washing clothes in the Moshood area of the city, and her body was later found by a stream with her throat cut.
The defendants-25-year-old Alex Peter, 25-year-old Adeniyi Tosin and 23-year-old Adelola Adedapo-were charged by the state police Department with two counts of conspiracy to murder and attempted murder.
The police Prosecutor, inspector Caleb Leranmo, told the court that the defendants committed the crimes on may 29, 2020.
Leranmo said: “the accused conspired with each other and killed a 78-year-old woman, Abiodun Arannilewa.
“The accused murdered the deceased and dumped her body in a canal near her home. These crimes are contrary to articles 324 and 319 (1) of the Criminal code, laws of the state of Ekiti, 2012.”
The Prosecutor urged the court to place the accused in custody in a correctional center pending legal advice from the office of the attorney General.
The court did not grant the defendants ‘ request.
Chief justice Abdulhamid Lawal ordered the accused to be remanded in custody at the Ado Ekiti correctional centre in Nigeria until they receive legal advice.
Lawal adjourned the case until July 22 for mention.
The eldest child of the deceased, Pastor Eleyitope Arannilewa, who expressed regret for the way his mother was killed, said the family hopes for justice in this matter.
“My mother needs justice, her blood is crying. What every family member wants is justice,” he said.