Senate Leader on murder charge remanded by Court over NURTW leader killing at PDP confab

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Folarin in Black Maria

The Nigerian Senate Majority Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin has been remanded in custody by an Ibadan Magistrate Court following the killing of Lateef Salako(Alias Eleweomo)

who was gunned down last week following a factional scuffle between two sides at a congress organised by  People’s Democratic Party in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The other accused persons who appeared with him in court are: Ramoni Jayeoba, Bankole Olaide Raji, and Raimi Ismaila.

They were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy to murder and murder of the slain transport union leader.

Eleweomo was killed on Thursday last week during the People’s Democratic Party Congress at Akaran in Ona Ara local government area in Ibadan. He was killed during a fracas at the congress.

A confessional statement made by police orderlies to the House of Senate  Majority Leader,  has led to revelations that the law maker ordered the killing.

Eleweomo was a former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and a registered congress member for the PDP conference holding in Ibadan.

He was a staunch supporter of Governor Adebayo Alao- Akala  while the Senate majority leader is a renowned opposition member to Akala’s gubernatorial reign.

Mr. Eleweomo was gunned down during  skirmishes  between his group and other factions loyal to the Senate Majority Leader. He was arraigned before the court as it emerged that the security aides attached to him killed  Eleweomo’s  as the congress turned messy leaving a trail of high level violence.

The facts of the killing came following investigation into the gruesome murder which had led to the police orderlies making statements confessing ‘orders from above’.

The Senate Majority Leader, was on Monday January 3  invited for questioning by the Police in  Ibadan. Other  parties to the violence were quizzed  at the state’s police command headquarters in Iyaganku in Ibadan as police  intensified investigations.

Folarin was in the Headquaters on special invitation by the Oyo State Police Commissioner.

He was interrogated for about three hours at the office of the state’s Commissioner  Baba Adisa Bolanta, before he was moved to the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, to write his on the spot  account statement.

After seeking “legal opinion” from the presidency, the police now  decided that the senator, as a party to  the camp of the violence and as a principal actor  should be charged for murder.