Police arraign septuagenarian over land grabbing allegation

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Uba Group

A 70-year-old man, Rasaq Oladimeji, has been arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State for allegedly grabbing a piece of land belonging to another person.

The Police accused the septuagenarian of conspiring with others said to be at large to commit the offence sometimes in 2017.

Police prosecutor, Adepoju Kayode, said that “Rasaq Oladimeji and others at large sometimes in year, 2017 at Joko village, Owode-Ede in the Osogbo Magisterial District, conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit forcible entry.”

Kayode told the court that the defendant refused to appear at the police station after being granted administrative bail.

The charge brought against him further read that “Rasaq Oladimeji, on the same date, place, month and year, in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did forcefully enter the landed property belonging to Tirimisiyu Moshood.

“You did use force to take over the landed property belonging to Tirimisiyu Moshood and on the 16th of November, 2022 at Zone XI, Nigeria Police Headquarters in the aforementioned Magisterial District, you did the act of disrespect to the police when you were granted administrative bail and (was) instructed to report back but failed to do so.”

The prosecutor said that the accused person committed offences contrary to and punishable under sections 516 and 133 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II Laws of Osun State Nigeria 2002.

He added that the offences contravened sections 2, 1and 2 and Section 4 and punishable under Section 3 of the Osun State Forceful and Illegal Occupation of Landed Properties (prohibition) Laws of Osun State, Nigeria 2019.

Oladimeji, however, pleaded not guilty to the allegations without any legal representation.

Magistrate Olusola Aluko granted the septuagenarian bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like amount. One of the sureties, he said, must be a blood relative to Oladimeji.

Aluko adjourned the matter till February 3 and ordered that the matter be transferred to the Ede Magistrate’s Court.