Three arraigned for unleashing terror on community

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Uba Group

The Police in Osun State have docked two men, namely Ayo Owolabi and Taofeek Yekini, in separate cases for allegedly unleashing terror on a community.

The two were also said to have assaulted a member of a vigilante group in the state.

Owolabi, 21 and Yekini, 23, alongside others at large were accused of engaging in unlawful society and also unleashing terror on the residents of Ifeloju community, Garage Ilesa area, Osogbo.

The charge brought against them read that “You, Ayo Owolabi and Taofeek Yekini, on 12th October, 2022, at about 10:00hours at Ifeloju community, Ilesa Garage area, Osogbo, did conspire among yourselves to commit a felony to wit: being members of unlawful society.

“You did engage yourselves in unlawful society known as Eiye Confraternity and unleashed terror in Osogbo and its environs.

“You (accused persons) on the same time and date and in the same place, did conspire to commit misdemeanour to wit conduct likely to cause breach of peace.”

Police prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun, said that the accused persons committed offences contrary to and punishable under sections 64, 516 and 517 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges without any legal representation.

Chief Magistrate M. A. Olatunji, who ordered accelerated hearing on the matter, remanded the two in Ilesa Correctional Centre.

Also, in a related case, the police arraigned 20-year-old Adeleke Nureni before the Magistrate’s Court for allegedly assaulting Sule Ajiboye, member of a vigilante group.

Olusegun informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on October 16, in the evening at Igbona Market, Osogbo. He alleged that the defendant, named Monday Agaga, while trying to escape after trying to break a shop, stabbed a trader.

The charge brought against him read that “You, Adeleke Nureni, on the 16th of October, 2022, at about 5:15am at Igbona Market, Osogbo, did enter Rachael Olagoke Memorial Complex in an attempt to commit a felony therein.

“You (defendant) did use a knife to stab one Agaga Monday on his right hand and you did also assault one Sule Ajiboye, a vigilante member by beating him up.”
The prosecutor said that the defendant committed offences contrary to sections 252, 509 and 355 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

Nureni, who pleaded not guilty to the three allegations without having a legal representation, was remanded in Ilesa Correctional Centre and the case was adjourned till November 24 for mention.