Judiciary

Osogbo Court Arraigns APC Chieftains

The Secretary of the All Progressives Congress(APC) caretaker Committee, Osun State, Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile, ex-APC chair, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, two former commissioners, two former cabinet members under the administration of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola have been  arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court. 

Ex-commissioner for Works and Transports, Engr. Kazeem Salami, ex-Commissioner for Youth,  Sports and Special Needs, Biyi Odunlade, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Taxation, Mr Gbenga Akano and two other APC members,  Alaba Popoola and Azeez Adekunle were arraigned on three counts of felony, conspiracy and assault. 

The police prosecutor, Mr John Idoko, told the court that the defendants and others now at large on August 14th, 2021 at about 1:30 PM in Ogo-Oluwa area conspired among themselves to unlawfully assault one Hamzat Lukman Babatunde by hitting him with stones on his head, which caused him harm. 

He added that the defendants also assaulted one Ajetumobi Muideen ‘m’ by hitting him with parts of broken plastic chairs on his head, which caused him harm.” 

Police Inspector Idoko said the offences committed were contrary to and punishable under Sections 516 and 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. Il laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

Meanwhile, they all pleaded not guilty to the offences the police pressed against them. 

The defence counsel, Mr Muftau Adediran and Abdulfatai Abdulsalam prayed the court to grant bail to all the defendants in the most liberal terms. 

Presiding magistrate, Dr Olusegun Ayilara admitted Salinsile, Adebiyi, Salami, Odunlade and Akano to bail in the sum of N5millon and self-recognition while Popoola and Adekunle were granted bail with a sum of N5million and one surety who must be a civil servant in the state. 

Dr Ayilara adorned the case until September 24, 2021, for mention. 

Recall that while the Appeal Committee of APC Ward Congress was sitting on August 14th, 2021at the APC state secretariat Ogo Oluwa, supporters of Governor Gboyega Oyetola and that of immediate past Governor and Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola clashed, resulting in one person sustaining head injury.

Adenitan Akinola

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