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Muslims-masquerade clash: Absence of Esuleke, son, others stalls fresh case

The State High Court sitting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, has adjourned the murder case filed by the state against Chief Kayode Esuleke, his son and two others due to the absence of the defendants.

The court, on Thursday, decided to adjourn till Tuesday, 14 September, because of the absence of masqueraders in the court.

Recall that on June 27, masquerade worshippers in Osogbo allegedly attacked Kamorudeen Central Mosque, located at Oluode Aranyin during an organised prayer for the nation.

Moshood Salawudeen from Iwo area of the state was killed while 14 others sustained injuries. Subsequently, police arrested the leader of masquerade worshippers, Chief Esuleke, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State, his son, Fashola Esuleke, Adeosun Kola and Idowu Hakeem for alleged murder.

The police also arrested the chief Imam of the mosque, Kareem Yunus, and three others, Salawu Jimoh, Alarape Sulaimon and Raimi Saheed, for alleged assault.

However, the Muslims were arraigned for assault while the custodians of the masquerade were arraigned for unlawfully vandalization the mosque and a Toyota Camry. The magistrate court granted all the defendants bail.

In a fresh suit, the state prosecution department, however, filed a murder case against the masqueraders.

The counsel for the traditional worshipers, Chief Abimbola Ige, on Thursday told the court that the defendants were not properly served on the suit and promised to present them at the next adjournment date.

He said that Chief Esuleke was sick but had been discharged from hospital while three others were not in the state.

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The state prosecutor, Moses Faremi who said he was not aware of Chief Esuleke’s sickness prayed the court to grant the adjournment.

Justice Ayo Oyebiyi of the high court adjourned the case till September 14, 2021 for arraignment.

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