Oyinlola’s Chief Driver Shown Stoning Aregbesola’s Convoy On Oroki Day
There was a mild drama at the public sitting of the Osun State Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday, as the Chief Driver to former governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr Rasaq Oyetunji, was confronted with a video clip of the attack on the incumbent governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola during the 2006 Oroki Day celebration.
Mr Oyetunji, Yaya Muthairu and others were before the commission to defend a petition filed by Honourable Khadri Owonikoko on the torching of his house and destruction of some valuable property at Oba-Ile.
According to petition No OSTRC/ 119/2011, the petitioner alleged Oyetunji of leading thugs to his 18-room bungalow at Oba-Ile on September 11, 2007.
He said after his house was burnt and one Jude, who happened to be the Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) threatened him to leave the town or lose his life, he was forced to abscond from the town since 2007 till November 26, 2010 when Aregbesola was declared winner of the 2007 governorship election.
Owonikoko further stated that he was later arrested on the order of Oyetunji and remanded in prison custody for two months along with Alhaji Moshood Adeoti , the current Secretary to the State Government and Alhaji Sule Aderemi among others.
Counsel to the petitioner, Mr Yinka Okedara, tendered the photographs and the video clip of the burnt house which was shown publicly.
The wife of the petitioner, Serifat Owonikoko, who also testified said she saw Oyetunji, Muthairu and others when they were burning the house and told the commission that she reported them to the police, who arrested some of them before they were later released.
The venue however became rowdy when Oyetunji was giving evidence to support his defence as he could not express himself in English Language before the commission.
When Oyetunji’s testimony was confusing, the commission’s chairman, Justice Samson Odewienge Uwaifo, said “the members of the commission could not understand what you are saying, can you speak Yoruba now?”
Another controversy began when one of the counsel to the petitioner asked Oyetunji that “as a chief driver to the former governor, you have a questionable character and I am putting it to you that you stoned the convoy of Mr Rauf Aregbesola during the Oroki Day attack?”.
“ I was never a thug and if there is any video clip that showed where I stoned Aregbesola during Oroki Day, bring it out” Oyetunji replied.
The petitioner’s counsel therefore sought the permission of the commission to show the Oroki Day attack video clip publicly.
Temitope Elusogbon, counsel to Oyetunji objected to showing the video clip, saying it was not relevant to the petition before the commission, but the chairman permitted the petitioner to show the clip, saying Oyetunji had posed a challenge on them.
While the 30-minute Oroki Day attack on Aregbesola video clip was being shown, the hall went into laughter, when Oyetunji was sighted instigating attack on Aregbesola’s supporters on the