Kayode Esuleke, a Masquerade custodian, was remanded at the Ilesa Correctional Centre on Tuesday by an Osun High Court in Osogbo for the alleged murder of a Muslim, Moshood Salawudeen.
Due to the gravity of the alleged offense, the Presiding Judge, Justice Ayo Oyebiyi, ordered the defendant, his son, Ifasola Eseleke, and two others, Idowu Abimbola and Adeosun Kola, to be remanded in prison custody.
Mr Abiodun Badiora, the prosecutor, told the court that the defendant, along with his son and others, committed the crime on June 27 on Arayin street in Osogbo.
According to Badiora, the masquerade followers and Muslim worshippers clashed at Kamarudeen mosque, resulting in one death, many injuries, and property destruction.
He claimed the offense violated sections 83, 249 (1)(d), 35, 320 (1)(2), 451, and 319 of the criminal code cap 34, vol.11, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of murder, attempted murder, malicious damage, assault, breach of the public peace, and engaging in a public fight.
Mr Abimbola Ige, the defense counsel, asked the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms possible.
Oyebiyi, on the other hand, denied the defence counsel’s bail application and ordered their remand at the Ilesa Correctional Facility, adjourning the case until Sept. 21 for bail consideration.