Police drag septuagenarians to court over chieftaincy crisis, threat to life

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

The Police in Osun State have arraigned a 71-year-old-chief, Hassan Oladipupo, and two others, Oyesomi Jonathan, aged 72; and 52-year-old Saminu Hammed, in court for allegedly shutting down a palace and threatening to kill one Chief Seidu Olajide.

They were arraigned at a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State for causing breach of the peace and possessing dangerous weapons.

According to the charges preferred against them, they committed the offences in company with others at large in Ede sometimes in 2001.

The charge brought against them read that “You (defendants) and others now at large sometimes in 2001 in Ede, did conspire among yourselves to commit misdemeanor to wit: conducts likely to cause breach of peace and threatened with violence.

“You did lock up the palace where Chief Seidu Aderinto was installed and used as the palace of Baale Adedeele Asunara. You did conduct yourselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace when you incited people against Chief Seidu Olajide Aderinto (Baale Adedeele Asunara, Ede), that he should not parade himself as Baale, that he has been removed.

“You threatened the life of Chief Seidu Olajide Aderinto with dangerous weapons that you will ensure you claim his life.”

Police prosecutor, Inspector Lamidi Rasaq, said that the three committed offences contrary to and punishable under sections 517, 249(D), and 86 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State, 2002.

The defendants pleaded not guilty. Their counsel, Abdufatai Abdulsalam, urged the court to grant them bail, adding that they were known people in the society who would not abuse bail.

Magistrate I. R. Ladipo granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties each in the same amount. She said that one of the sureties must be a civil servant in the state not below grade level 08 while the other must be a chieftaincy title holder.

The matter was adjourned till June 28 for hearing.