Arraignment of varsity student who killed lawyer dad stalled


The general strike embarked upon by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria which paralyzed judicial activities across the country may have stalled the arraignment of Tolani Ajayi, the 21-year-old student of the Redeemer University of Nige­ria, RUN who allegedly killed his father penultimate Saturday.
The national headquarters of the union had directed its members na­tionwide to shun work over alleged failure of the Federal Government to address the issue of autonomy of the judiciary in the country.
Sunday Sun gathered that already Tolani had confessed to the crime when he was interrogated by homi­cide detectives last week at Elewer­an, Ogun State Police headquarters.
During the interrogations, Tolani,  though confessed to the crime but went further to explain why he killed his father, Mr. Charles Ajayi, (SAN) While, regretting his action, Tolani, whose parents hailed from Ekiti said he acted in a fit of anger.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi told Sunday Sun that the homicides section of the state police headquar­ters was progressing in its investi­gations.
He confirmed that the boy had already made useful statements to the police which is helping them in their investigations.
A senior police officer who would not want his names in print told Sunday Sun that the strike embarked upon by the Judicial Union may hin­der the early arraignment of Tolani which he said was earlier fixed for tomorrow.
His words: “ there is nothing that we are waiting for again than to arraign him before a competent court within the jurisdiction where he committed the crime.
He added: “ we have interrogated him and he has made useful state­ments which has helped us in our investigations, but I fear that he may not be arraigned as earlier planned because of the on-going strike by judicial union in the country. When­ever they call the strike off, the boy will be arraigned”.
Meanwhile, no member of Ajayi’s neighbours was willing to talk when Sunday Sun visited their Redeem Camp residence yesterday.
A metallic coloured duplex locat­ed on Cananland Street area of the Redeem, Christian Church of God, RCCG Camp with a resident who identified himself as David was under lock and key.
The man in his early 40’s declined further comment after Sunday Sun’s correspondent introduced himself.
“Oh you are not a christian, don’t you think this is a bad image for us as members of this community. Why is it that you journalists always interfere in other peoples’ affairs.  I will call on security to arrest you if you don’t leave now.”
Speaking on the incident, two clerics in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital,  Pastor Emmanuel Ajayi and Alhaji Iyanda Musa charged parents to allow God to direct them in bringing up their children.
Ajayi of the Christ Most High Ministry said: “ we must know that there are external factors that act as influence on children beyond what we give them. It is not only true strict discipline”.
According to him, beating or abusing cannot bring children to imbibe good morals or virtues.
“It must be a combination of a number of factors, dialogue through creation of conducive atmosphere through which parents can show their children possible negative consequences when they exhibit bad traits”.
On his part, Musa charged par­ents to always take time to consider possible reasons for their children’s actions with a view to discussing with them as mature persons.
“As parents, we must know that those things that worked for us when we were growing up in those days may not be still applicable now, so we must always bear that in mind”.


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