Court remands 3 over assault on Osun monarch

Three persons, Tijani Wasiu (35), Akangbe Tairu (35) and Samad Mutairu (30), were Monday remanded in Ilesa correctional centre by a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state, for allegedly assaulted a traditional ruler, Alabudo of Abudo, Oba Morufudeen Olawale.   

The defendants were arraigned on two count charges of assault and conduct likely to cause breach of public peace. 

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Kayode Asanbe, told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offences on February 20, 2021 at 4:45pm at Abudo village in Awo, Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State. 

Prosecution alleged that the defendants entered the palace of Oba Olawale, slapped him and beat him with cutlass. 

According to the charge sheet, the offences were contrary to sections 249(D) and 351 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol II, law of Osun state, 2002.

However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the allegations against them. 

Their counsel, A. O Okgi, urged the court to release the accused on bail pending the determination of the charges against them. 

He promised to produce them in court to stand their trial, noting that the accused are still presumed to be innocent. 

But, the prosecution opposed the bail, saying that the accused have assaulted traditional institute by beating a royal father with cutlass after slapping him. 

The Magistrate, Mr Isola Omisade, thereby ordered that the accused be remanded in Ilesa correctional centre. 

Omisade directed the counsel to file formal application and adjourned the case to February 25, for ruling on bail application of the accused. 

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