Magistrate’s Absence Stalls Osun Explosion Trial

Controversial bomb blast case pending at an Osogbo magistrate court against Osun State House of Assembly Minority Leader, Honourable Timothy Owoeye, his colleague, Folarin Fafowora, and one of Aregbesola’s legal aide, Barrister Gbenga Akano, was last Wednesday impeded by the absence of the magistrate handling the case, Olapoju Akintayo.

The age-long anticipated hearing on the case took another dimension, when Akintayo was reported to be on a 30 working day annual leave.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the case has been adjourned to January 13, 2009, for mention by the police persecutor, Mr. Ayuba Adekunle, a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

All cases at the court were adjourned at wish by either defence counsel on the case, or police prosecutor as a result of the absence of the magistrate.

Owoeye, Fafowora, Akano and an elder brother of the Action Congress Deputy Governorship candidate in the last year April 14, governorship election, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, Mr. Sunday Laoye, were accused of complicity in the controversial explosion.

It would be recalled that an explosion, suspected to be a rock blasting device occured at the front of the Ministry of Water Resources, Osun State Secretariat, Abere, off Area of Osogbo, insidea grey Peugeot 505 car, on June 14, 2007.

In the dastard explosion, an occupant of the car, Taye Henry, was torn into pieces while another occupant, Gboyega Olasogba fled, and Richard Abayomi (also an occupant), was caught at the scene but lost an eye to the blast.

Abayomi, the prime suspect, and now the state witness who had earlier maintained that the alleged explosion was not political nor sponsored by any body, surprisingly sworn to another “controversial affidavit, pointing accusing fingers at AC governorship candidate in the last year April 14, governorship candidate , Engineer Rauf Aregbesola and the party chieftains.

Following this affidavit, police authority in the state under the leadership of Mr. John Moronike, renewed onslaught on opposition leaders’ and some prominent personalities in the state.

A Chief Magistrate, grade 1, Mr. Ayo Oyebiyi, was arrested, arraigned and remanded in prison custody in connection with the alleged bomb blast, just as he has been suspended from court by the Chief Judge, Fasasi Ogunsola.

A former commissioner for Health in the state, Mr. Layi Oyeduntan and Osun State AC Director of Research and strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere are currently in prison custody where they were remanded by Akintayo.

Of all the cases pending at the court against this innocent people, none of the case has so far been opened for hearing, while all the case files which have been duplicated and forwarded to the state Director of public prosecution, were yet to be treated as the time of filing this report.

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