An Ibadan-based radio presenter, Oriyomi Hamzat, has appeared before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ court for the alleged murder of a 17-year-old boy. Hamzat was arrested by the State’s police command after the body of the boy was found in his car. The dead boy was said to be an orphan raised in an unregistered orphanage home, allegedly belonging to the suspect.
27-year-old Idowu Ibrahim, 23-year-old Taiwo Olaronke, Mohammed Bashir 31, and Yusuff Ajisafe, 23 were also arraigned in connection with the orphan’s murder. The charge sheet, with number mi/1248c/201, stated that the five suspects were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy and murder.
The Police prosecutor, Sunday Fatola, earlier told the court that Hamzat and others on July 21, 2017, at about 4 am, in the Oremeji Agugu area of Ibadan, conspired together to commit murder. Fatola also said that the suspects unlawfully caused the death of the victim by inflicting injury on his head and body.
The magistrate, A. A. Adebisi, ordered that the accused be kept behind bars in the Agodi Prison pending the release of legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. He adjourned the matter till September 5, 2017.
Street Journal reports that Hamzat is a popular radio presenter, well-known for his crime buster programme where mysterious criminal activities were unraveled to the amazement of listeners across the length and breadth of Ibadan and environs. The murder case, is however, viewed as an irony of fate which many believe has some spiritual undertone.
A source said Hamza had earlier jumped a police checkpoint in a suspicious manner, a situation which prompted the police to trail him before he was caught with a wrapped dead body of the boy known as John. ”If his car did not develop a fault, Hamza could have escaped with the wrapped dead body”, said a source.
Oriyomi Hamzat, a presenter at one of the private radio stations in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State had been sanctioned by the National Broadcasting Commission NBC not to broadcast on any media station in the South west for alleged professional misconduct.