A Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on Thursday day ordered the remand of Alhaji Azeez Adekunle Lawal a.k.a. Kunle Poly, and two others in the facility of the Nigeria Police Zonal Monitoring Unit, Zone 2 Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos, for 30 days over last week’s violence at Idumota.
Others ordered to be remanded alongside Kunle Poly are Prince Idowu Onikoyi Johnson and Agboola Akeem Kosoko.
Chief Magistrate Linda Balogun made the remand order of the three National Union of Road Transport Workers members after their application for remand was moved by Morufu Animashaun, a legal practitioner.
In urging the court to remand the three, Animashaun said that the application was pursuant to section 264(1), (2), (3), (4) and (6) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2021 (as amended); Section 4 and 10 of the Police Act, 2020, and sections 6(c), 35(1)(C)(5) and (7)(a) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 199 (as amended).
Animashaun told the court that the application sought for is to enable the police conclude investigation of a case of threat to life and property, violence, cultism, mayhem, conduct likely to cause breach of peace, unlawful possession of firearms, conspiracy and murder against the three men.
Animashaun supported the remand application with an affidavit of 14 paragraphs deposed to by Inspector Monday Ohion.
Chief Magistrate Balogun after listening to the submission of Animashaun, held that, “I have listened to the submission of the counsel, as well as perused the application for remand and the attached affidavit.
“I found merit in the application and it is accordingly granted. The three defendants are to be remanded in facility of the Nigeria Police Zonal Monitoring Unit, Zone 2 Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos, for the next 30 days to enable to police conclude investigation.”
The supremacy battle between factions of the NURTW, which erupted into a bloody clash last Thursday, led to the killing of at least two persons and injury to several others.