The four kidnappers of Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni were today arraigned and remanded at a Lagos High Court in Igbosere, Lagos Island.
They are to be charged with conspiracy, murder, armed robbery and kidnapping.
The suspects, who allegedly carried out the crime on July 16, 2016 at the palace of the monarch, were said to have murdered a security detail attached to the palace, Sunday Eniola Okanlawon, and a commercial motorcycle rider, Joseph Okeke.
They were also said to have attempted to kill the monarch’s wife, Olori Abosede Oseni while making efforts to dispossess her of her property at gun point.
When the case was called, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who led the prosecution informed Justice Taiwo of a criminal charge filed against the accused, and expressed his readiness to proceed with arraignment, a request which was granted by the court.
He said they would also be charged with attempted murder of the monarch’s wife, Olori Abosede Oseni and robbery of her property.
According to Kazeem, the present administration has resolved to rid the state of all forms of criminality.
“The office of the Attorney General will work closely with all security agencies to ensure that all cases of kidnapping, cultism, rape, sexual and domestic violence crimes are swiftly prosecuted to a logical conclusion.
“The swift commencement of the trial of the suspects in the kidnap of the monarch is a strong signal by the administration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode that it is not business as usual for criminals.
“If you commit a crime, we will find you and prosecute you no matter how long it takes.
“Gov. Ambode as part of his commitment to make the state a safe place to live in and do business, will continue to support law enforcement agencies in the investigation and apprehension of all criminals.
“The governor is also committed to ensuring that Lagos State becomes a no-go area for criminals who target innocent citizens for kidnapping and collection of ransom in an effort to get rich quick,” Kazeem said.
On July 16, Okanlawon and Okeke were killed while the monarch was abducted and kept in captivity for about three weeks.
The sustained pressure and intelligence gathering from law enforcement agencies, however, led to the rescue of the monarch, while the four suspects were apprehended.