BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, on Monday, ordered the remand of a 70- year-old man, Fatimoh Orelope and five others for allegedly assaulting and robbing a traditional chief.
Other defendants are Babalola Motunrayo, aged 35, Suliman Ganiyu, 47, Kehinde Ojeyemi, 40, Olutoye Taofeeq, 35 and a 40-year-old man, Olutoye Wasiu Kayode.
The Police arraigned the six men and accused them of attacking one Chief Dauda Ajadosu with sticks, fist blows and slaps on January 15, 2023 at about 10:00am in Obaagun community of the state.
Police prosecutor, Elisha Olusegun informed the court that the defendants conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit assault, robbery and threatening violence. He also stated that the defendants unlawfully assaulted Ajadosu and robbed him of his staff of office as a traditional chief in the community.
He said the defendants armed themselves with weapons and threatened to kill Ajadosun.
Olusegun explained that the accused persons destroyed the traditional beads of the nominant complainant arguing that they committed offences contrary to and punishable under Sections 516, 351, 402, 86 and 451 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the five count charge slammed against them.
Their counsel, A. S Olaniyi, prayed the court to grant the defendants bail but the prosecutor objected, saying the allegations were strong and releasing the accused men on bail would make them escape.
However, Chief Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara ordered that the defendants be remanded in Ilesa correctional facility and adjourned the case till February 15.