An Osun High Court sitting in Osogbo on Tuesday ordered the remand of a masquerade custodian, Kayode Esuleke, in Ilesa Correctional Centre over the alleged murder of a Muslim cleric, Moshood Salawudeen.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Ayo Oyebiyi, ordered that the defendant with his son, Ifasola Esuleke, be remanded in prison custody due to the magnitude of the alleged offence.
The State Prosecutor, Abiodun Badiora, had told the court that the defendant with his son committed the offence on June 27, at Arayin street in Osogbo metropolis.
Badiora said followers of the masquerader and Muslim worshippers clashed at the Kamarudeen Mosque, resulting in the death of one person while several properties were destroyed.
He said the clash with the Muslims at the mosque led to a breach of peace during which one of the Muslim worshippers was killed while many were inflicted with injuries and the mosque destroyed.
He said the offence committed contravened Sections 83, 249 (1)(d), 35, 320 (1)(2), 451, and 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 , Vol.11, Law of Osun, 2002
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the 13 charges of murder, attempted murder, malicious damage, assault, breach of public peace and engaging in a public fight.
The defence counsel, Abimbola Ige, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.
Justice Oyebiyi, however, overruled the bail application by the defence counsel and ordered that the defendants be remanded in Ilesa Correctional Facility.
He adjourned the case until September 21 for consideration of bail.