Stop Leaving Charms in My Court, Judge Warns Audience


Hakeem Oshodi, a judge of an Ikeja High Court, has warned members of the public to stop leaving charms in his courtroom.

Justice Oshodi gave the warning on Monday when the trial of five men charged with the murder of one Ifeanyi Etunmuse began.


His words: “No one should leave charms in my courtroom.

“It should not be repeated.

“A talisman was found after the last adjourned date in the murder case.

“Do not leave your property here again.

“It does not work anymore.”

The Lagos State Government had charged five suspects: Atunrase Omolabi; Shittu Olawale; Olaide Opeifa; Olanrewaju Adebiyi, aka Maja; and Jamiu Omosanya, aka Orobo, for attempted murder and murder of Etunmuse at Western Funeral Home, Ijede, Ikorodu.

Earlier in the trial, the defence counsel continued with the cross-examination of the prosecution witness, Babatunde Olayinka.

Olanrewaju Ajanaku, the lead defence counsel for the first, second and third defendants, and later on the fifth defendant, asked Olayinka if he could prove that the defendants had a hand in the attack on the deceased.

Ajanaku also asked him if he was able to get a view of the compound of the local politician and funeral services businessman, Oluwatosin Onamade, from his hiding place following the alleged attack.

The witness told the court that he hid himself in the cemetery and laid down for a while to hide himself from a group of men that he saw wielding machetes at the Onamade compound on the day of the incident on April 16, 2021.

The witness further told the court that as he hid himself from the machete-wielding men, he turned around and saw a dead body beside him.

Ajanaku asked the witness: “Can you say emphatically that the first, second, third and fifth defendant had anything to do with the body you saw?”

The witness replied that he could not say emphatically that the defendants had anything to do with the body.

The defence counsel for the fourth defendant, Mahmud Adesina, continued with the cross-examination of the prosecution witness and questioned him on whether he had told the court earlier that Femi Onamade, a relative of Oluwatosin Onamade, was the one who knew the defendants in person.

Olayinka affirmed that it was Femi who knew the defendants and Oluwatosin who could identify them.

The prosecution counsel, M. T. Adewoye, re-examined the witness and asked him to clarify what he meant when he told the court earlier that he could not identify the defendants.

Olayinka told the court that he indeed saw the machete-wielding men when they came into the compound.

Adewoye requested the court to issue a witness summons for Femi Onamade to appear in court.

The Judge then issued a witness summons for Femi Onamade.

Justice Oshodi adjourned the matter until February 19, 2024 for the continuation of trial.

In a previous court hearing on April 6, 2023, the prosecution had alleged that the suspects also cut off the wrist of Femi Onamade, the younger brother to Tosin Onamade.


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