The Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge filed against him by the State Government.
Obasoyin and five others were arraigned before an Ekiti State High Court on Friday on three counts of conspiracy, attempted murder and murder.
The other five are Sunday Ajewole, Bode Adetowoju, Michael Kayode, Tola Olowolafe and Taiwo Aluko.
They had earlier been arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court in Ado Ekiti.
There was heavy security at the vicinity of the court to prevent a breakdown of the law and order.
Two Armoured Personnel Carriers and other security vehicles were stationed at the court.
Supporters thronged the court in large numbers in solidarity with the monarch and the other five defendants.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The six defendants were accused of conspiring on December 25, 2017 to kill one Oluwafemi Adekola in Ikere-Ekiti contrary to Section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol 1 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
In Count Two, they were accused of making an attempt to murder one Adewale Osanyinbola in front of Prince Adegoke’s house in Ojumose area of Ado-Ekiti on December 25, 2017 contrary to Section 320 Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol 1 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
The defendants were also charged with the murder of one Oluwafemi Adekola. The offence is contrary to Section 316 of Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol 1 Laws of Ekiti State and punishable under Section 301 of the same law.
The Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Gbemiga Adaramola, said eight witnesses had been lined up to give evidence in the case within three days.
Counsel to the accused, Mr. Morakinyo Ogele, said all his clients would testify while the evidence of some of the prosecution witnesses would be useful to the defence.
The trial judge, Justice Abiodun Adesodun, adjourned the case till March 7 and 8 for the prosecution witnesses to give evidence.