Alleged Human Skulls Possession: @Kwaragovt Takes Over Pastor’s Prosecution Cc @Governor_Ahmed A new twist may have been introduced into the prosecution of an Ilorin-based Christian cleric, Gabriel Josaya, (a.k.a) Eli-Wakuku allegedly caught with human heads and parts as Kwara State government yesterday disclosed that it had taken over the case.
Police in the state had dragged the accused to court for allegedly being possession of human heads.
The cleric was charged to court alongside three others for criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and unlawful possession of human head, contrary to sections 97,348,219 of penal code law But at the resumed hearing of the trial of Eli-Wakuku,
founder of St Moses Orimolade Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Osere, Ilorin before an Ilorin Magistrate’s court, a prosecutor from the state’s ministry of Justice, Ayoola Akande, announced his appearance and total takeover of the case from the state police command.
He told the court that the case file and other necessary documents had been transferred to the office of the state’s Attorney-General and that they were ready for the prosecution of the accused.
Men of the state police command on February 5, 2016 arrested Eli-wakuku for allegedly conspiring with one Gabriel Moyosore, Yinusa Sa’ad Ayinla, Alfa Alaba Isiaka
(at large) and others to unlawfully gain entrance into the Muslim cemetery at Osere area, Ilorin and removed human skulls.
It was alleged that the heinous act had been taking place between 2009 and the time of the suspects’ arrest.
The suspects were said to be selling human skulls to their customers at the rate of N8,000 each.
The first,second and third accused were in court yesterday amid tight security .
While arguing for the bail of the first accused, his counsel, Barrister J.O Gbadebo, said that he had filed a motion for the bail of his client since February 26, 2016.
He cited section 3, 4 subsection 2 and 3 of CPC and section 36 of Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria to back his argument, stressing that denying his client
bail would amount to pre-trial punishment.
The State Prosecutor, who opposed the bail application, told the court that the accused could jump bail and tamper with police investigation if granted bail.
He argued that the accused’s counsel applications failed
woefully because they only filed single affidavit instead
The prosecutor urged the court not grant the first accused bail since he didn’t deny all charges leveled
against him before the court.
He told the court that the police were still on the trail of some suspects still at large and if the three accused were granted bail, they would not only tamper with
police investigation, they would also jump bail.
Akande added that the trade in human heads and parts was rampant in Nigeria and Kwara state, saying “he who seeks equity,must do equity; he who must come with
equity,must come with clean hand”.
The presiding Magistrate (Mrs) Kehinde Yahaya, however, adjourned the case till March 31, 2016 for ruling on the bail application.
Credit:Idyat Omolola Isiaq