Four persons, who allegedly exhumed the corpse of their landlord before selling his property, has, on Monday, been brought before a Lagos State based Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The suspects are identified as Silifatu Abisile, 60; Jimoh Abisile, 52; Gbade Bakare, 56; and Isaiah Bakare, 45.
They are in court to face a five count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping, breach of peace, forgery and false assumption of authority.
Williams Ologun, the Police Prosecutor, revealed to the court that the accused perpetuated the offences on November 1, at Ishola Daniel Street in Oshodi area of Lagos.
Ologun insisted that the suspects conspired to sell the property which was not theirs.
He said that a prospective buyer had insisted they relocated the grave that was in front of the house before he would make payments.
“My Lord, they forged an exhumation of corpse permit from Oshodi -Isolo Local Government and dug up the corpse of the house owner, Sumonu Bakare, who was buried in the compound.
“They also kidnapped the son of the deceased; Gbenro Bakare, who is crippled, thinking he was the only surviving child of the deceased,” he said.
Ologun said that the first and second accused were relations of the deceased while the third and fourth accused were longtime tenants on the property.
He said that the third and fourth accused had registered for a change of name to ‘Bakare’, which was not their real names, claiming to be the children of the deceased.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the offences contravened Sections 76 (1) [c], 168 (1) (d), 271 (1), 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Peter Ojo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
In his ruling, Ojo insisted that one of each accused sureties must be a blood relation and must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
He said each of the sureties must also show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos Government and be gainfully employed.
Ojo adjourned the case until January 10 for trial.
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