Court Remands 12 Suspects For Allegedly Setting Ogun Deputy Speaker’s Office, Vehicles Ablaze - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Court Remands 12 Suspects For Allegedly Setting Ogun Deputy Speaker’s Office, Vehicles Ablaze

ABEOKUTA – An Ogun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, on Thursday ordered that 12 men who allegedly set the office and five vehicles belonging to Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, ablaze, be remanded in prison custody.

The defendants are: Azeez Lawal, 42; Isiaka Aderoju, 35; Seun. Adenuga, 23; Tajudeen Ogundele, 37; Lateef Ogundele, 28; and Ganiyu Tohibu, 23.
Others include Abu Abiola, 21; Kolawole Timothy, 20; Akinleye Waliu, 24; Egbede John, 28; Anthony Aboy, 25; and Olumide Michael, 25.
The defendants were arraigned on four counts bordering on conspiracy, arson and attempted murder.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Mr. Bale Nimnan, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on April 21 at about 7:30pm in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Nimnan alleged that the defendants and others at large went to the office of the deputy Speaker, set it ablaze, along with five vehicles on ground.
“The defendants burned down two Mercedes 1414 buses valued at N14m, one Mercedes 1415 bus valued at N9m, one Isuzu luxurious bus valued at N11m, office building and electronics valued at N7m,” the charge cheat stated.
The prosecutor said the overall total of the properties damaged was N41m, which belonged to Oluomo.
Nimnan further said the defendants also attempted to kill one Adesina Olasunkanmi and one Azeez Abiodun by inflicting machete cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
According to him, the offence committed is contrary to and punishable under Section 320(2),324,443(a)516 of the criminal code Laws of Ogun State 2006.
The defense counsel, Mr. Adeyemi Razaq, pleaded with the court to admit the defendants to bail with the promise that they would attend their trial.
The Magistrate Olakulehin Oke, however, refused their bail application and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution.
He also ruled that the matter be transferred to the High Court.
The case was, therefore, adjourned till July 2 for mention.

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