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Trial of Lagos socialite accused of terrorism to begin January

The trial of a Lagos Socialite, Chief Taoreed Farounbi, popularly called Baba Alado, and six other persons, over alleged terrorism, has been fixed for January 28, 2021.

A federal high court in Lagos gave the date due to failure of the defendants to appear for trial and the inability of the prosecution to serve the charge sheet on them.

Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, dragged Chief Taoreed Farounbi, alongside Alhaji Olusegun Akinde, Mr. Ayokunle Fakiyesi, Mr. Idowu Akinde, Musilu Oladejo, Lekan Matthew and Adeleke Akinjeji, before the court on a three count-charge of conspiracy to commit terrorism.

The AGF alleged that the accused on March 19, 2020, conspired and participated in acts, which led to the killing of two men, Debo Olohunyo and Chibuzor Daniel, at the White Sand area of Isheri-Osun, Lagos State; they were also accused of causing attacks that led to the destruction of many property in the area.

At today’s arraignment, only Lekan Lateef, was brought to court, which the judge ruled that he should be remanded in custody until trial.

5 defendants could not be located

The prosecutor, A. K. Alilu, told the court that Baba Alado and five other defendants could not be located, since they were granted administrative bail by the police.

He asked the court for summons against the defendants to appear for trial, as he also applied to the court to serve the charge sheets through their counsel.

Counsel to the accused, Mr. M.B Jimoh- Akogun, said at the last court session, the case was adjourned until December 16, and that his clients are still of the notion that the date still remained.

He accepted the charge sheets on behalf of his clients, promising that he would make them available on the next adjourned date.

Wahab Akinlade

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