Lagos State High Court Orders Remand of Monday Odeh in Correctional Facility Over Alleged Murder of Colleague, Abdulahi Yinusa

Background of the Case

The Lagos State High Court, situated in Ikeja, has issued an order for the remand of Monday Odeh in the Nigerian Correctional Service Facility.

The remand stems from allegations of Odeh’s involvement in the murder of 54-year-old Abdulahi Yinusa. Justice Adenike Coker delivered the remand order on January 15, 2024, during Odeh’s arraignment on a murder charge.

Odeh, who previously worked as a security guard alongside Yinusa in the Magodo area of Lagos, faced the charge of unlawfully causing Yinusa’s death on April 4, 2019.

The court was informed by the state prosecuting counsel, Ms Titi Adeegbe, that a dispute arose between the two security guards when Yinusa accused Odeh of stealing clothing items belonging to their employer, Bola Ikupoluyi.

Fatal Altercation and Murder

During the argument, Odeh allegedly struck Yinusa on the head and face with a shovel, leading to his demise. Following the altercation, Odeh was terminated from his job by their employer.

In response, Odeh returned to the premises later that day, purportedly to move his belongings, but instead, he murdered Yinusa.

The lifeless body was subsequently dumped in a canal behind their employer’s house.

Capture and Legal Proceedings

After fleeing the scene, Odeh was apprehended in Iwo, Osun State, on May 2nd, 2019. Adeegbe highlighted that Odeh’s actions contravened Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Despite pleading not guilty to the murder charge, the prosecutor requested a trial date, leading Justice Coker to set the trial commencement for February 12, 2024.

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