The accused were said to have committed the crime at a forum to mark the defection of some ACN members to the opposition PDP in the state.
The Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Ekiti, Jide Awe, was on Monday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate Court for alleged murder.
Mr. Awe was arraigned along with four other members of the party.
Those also arraigned are Faboro John, Aniramu Basiru, Falayi Busuyi and Owonifari Sefiu.
The accused were said to have committed the crime at a forum to mark the defection of some ACN members to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
The police prosecutor, Falade Oso, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on March 30 at Erijiyan-Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state.
He said Mr. Awe and the four others were arraigned in court over the killings about a month ago at Erinjiyan-Ekiti, his home town.
“It was at a ceremony where some people believed to be members of the ACN were set to defect to the opposition party, the PDP,” he said.
Mr. Oso said that the accused persons conspired together to commit felony to wit murder.
He also said the accused murdered four people: Ayo Jeje, Juliana Adewumi, Gbenga Ogundana and Ayo Ogbudu Jeje.
Mr. Oso added that on the same date, time and place, the accused also attempted to murder one Gbenga Adewumi.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened section 320 of the Criminal Code Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.
The defence counsel, Adetunji Oso, said the accused had been granted bail at the police station and pleaded that the court should allow the bail to continue.
He added that since the case file of the accused had not been forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice, they should be allowed to continue to enjoy police bail.
The prosecutor, however, objected to the bail application, saying that they should be remanded in prison custody.
Chief Magistrate Richard Adegboye ruled that the accused should continue to enjoy the earlier bail granted at the police station.
Mr. Adegboye, who warned the accused against jumping bail, adjourned the case till May 25.
Ekiti is one of the six states governed by the ACN in Nigeria.
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