University student beaten to death by colleagues over alleged phone theft

Twelve of the 25 students from Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, who were brought before Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan for alleged murder, were discharged on Monday.

The students were originally charged with conspiracy, murder, and negligence on June 5.

Chief Magistrate Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi had initially ordered the students to be remanded in a correctional facility in Ibadan until legal advice was received.

The 12 discharged students are Kehinde Martins, Samuel Okorie, Mustapha Khalid, Yusuf Adeniran, Joseph Areoye, Iyanuoluwa Oyelakin, Obaloluwa Olalekan, Emmanuel Adejumobi, John Daudu, Moses Abiola, Hammad Tijani, and David Kolawole.

Ogunkanmi discharged the students after receiving legal advice that stated there was no evidence linking any of them to the alleged offences.

One of the 25 defendants, who is a security guard at the university, Femi Oladoye, earlier charged with negligence of duty, was also granted bail in the sum of N250,000, with two sureties in like sum.

 

Ogunkanmi, thereafter, adjourned the case till July 8 for mention.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, CSP Funke Fawole, had told the court that the defendants committed the offences on May 24 at about 9 p.m. at the afore-mentioned university.

Fawole said that the defendants unlawfully caused the death of one 22-year-old Jefry Akro, a student of the university, by beating him with planks and electrical wire.

She said that Oladoye, as a security guard, however failed to prevent the aggrieved students from beating Akro to death.

She said that the offences contravened Sections 516, 515 and 324 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

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