Judge To Face Trial For Beating Policeman

THE rule of law would be put to test in Osun State this week’s Tuesday, when a District President of the State Customary Court of Appeal, Mr. Olapoju Akintayo is arraigned at a magistrate court for allegedly beating a policeman, Mr. Oluwafemi Dada to coma. While addressing newsmen at the command headquarters, the Police Public…”
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April 12, 2009 9:16 pm
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caricature of a judgeTHE rule of law would be put to test in Osun State this week’s Tuesday, when a District President of the State Customary Court of Appeal, Mr. Olapoju Akintayo is arraigned at a magistrate court for allegedly beating a policeman, Mr. Oluwafemi Dada to coma.

While addressing newsmen at the command headquarters, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Olabode Akintola confirmed the incident, adding that the magistrate would be arraigned in court on Tuesday.

Akintayo, who has come under sharp criticisms from members of the public for the uncivilised manner, however denied being arrested and detained by the police.

Meanwhile, a police source revealed that his arrest warrant was signed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Moronike.

The source added that the combatant magistrate was however arrested on Wednesday evening when all efforts by his colleagues to make the police boss rescind his decision failed.
Investigation at the magistrate court premises, where the arraignment is likely to hold, revealed that staffers of the magistrate court were discussing the issue in batches, as some of them showed sympathy for the embattled magistrate.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Independent Masses Forum (IMF), Comrade Wole Folaranmi in his reaction, stated that the issue is that of infringement of the rights of the policeman, adding that thorough investigation should be conducted on the issue, so that he (magistrate) could be given fair-hearing.

He added that, if the magistrate is found guilty, the law must be allowed to take its full course, warning that no one is bigger than the law.

Akintayo was alleged to have battered the policeman after he refused to open the gate for him (Akintayo) when he returned from work.

The victim is currently receiving treatment at the Male Ward of Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, the state capital.

-SHINA ABUBAKAR

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