Man Docked For Slapping Another In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

A 47-year old man, Osho Adewale has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, State of Osun capital over alleged assault.

Prosecutor Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the accused on the 11th of January at Lake Side Hotel in Dada Estate, assaulted one Oguntayo Awodele when he (Adewale) slapped him on the face, adding that the offence contravened section 351 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused however pleaded not guilty of the charge preferred against him.

In his ruling, Magistrate Fatimo Sodamade granted the accused bail of N50,000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till February 5, 2018.

Court Remands Husband In Prison For Battering Wife

By Nofisat Marindoti

A 47-year old housewife, Olagunju Temitayo, has dragged her husband, Hammed Abiodun aged 45, before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, State of Osun capital, over alleged battering.

Prosecutor, Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the accused assaulted Temitope by beating her on 13th of January, 2018 around Dada Estate area in Osogbo where she sustained varying degrees of injury.

Abiodun said the offense contravened section 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

Temitayo who was also in court, showed her roughly scarred body to the Magistrate, saying that she had left her husband’s house in March last year when the battering became unbearable.

The mother of two added that the accused had come to her new house on the said day and had dragged her down from a moving motorcycle before pouncing on her.

When his charge was read to him, Abiodun pleaded guilty of the offence, saying he only wanted to beg his wife to come back home on the fateful day before he eventually had to beat her again.

In his ruling, Magistrate Mary Awodele remanded the accused in Ilesa prison custody and adjourned the case till February 6, 2018 for sentencing.

She also ordered that the accused person’s relatives appear before the court on the adjourned date.

Police Dock Osun High Chief Over Alleged Threat To Life, Damage Of 1bn Farm Land, Tractors

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Osun State Police Command has arraigned an 82 year old High Chief, Dele Faseru before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for allegedly damaging a farm settlement and equipment worth over N1 billion.

Other suspects arraigned along with the Octogenarian include; Chief Mrs. Ayoade Funke (64), Ayoade Adewoye (35) and Isaac Wole Ejalonibu (41).

The suspects were charged on a four-count charge bothering on conspiracy, felony to wit arson, malicious damage and threat to life.

They were also alleged to have threatened to kill the owner of the farm settlement, retired Major Lawrence Loye.

Prosecutor, Adebayo Joseph told the court that the suspects and others who are currently at large, conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit arson, malicious damage and threatening to life on February 19, 2017 at Ijebu-Ijesa, Ori-Ade Local Government Area of the state

Adebayo said the accused persons willfully and unlawfully set ablaze the farm settlement and ravaged all the farm produce such as palm trees, plantains and others crops belonging to (Rtd) Major Lawrence Loye.

Other valuables allegedly destroyed by the suspects according to the Prosecutor are one complete building with 24 lecture rooms, transformer 500/33KVA, Tractor (Messy Fegureon), 720 bags of cements, caterpillars pail loader, 12, 800 Plantain/Banana Stands and Over 8000 Pineapple stand and entrance Gate.

He said the total value of the damaged properties worth one billion and fifty nine million naira N1,059,000.

Adebayo also accused the suspects of intimidating and threatening to kill the Rtd Major Loye the owner of the farm. He alleged that the suspects stormed his house with dangerous weapons such as sticks, cutlasses and other threatening to kill him.

The offence according to the Prosecutor was contrary to and punishable under Section 516, 443, 451and 86(1)(2) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. 11 Laws of Osun state of Nigeria 2002.

But the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the allegations leveled against them.

The defense counsel, Barrister Dada Adeyinka applied for the bail of the accused persons in the most liberal terms.

Adeyinka who assured the court that the suspects would not jump bail if granted, said reliable sureties would stand for them.

But the Prosecutor objected the bail application on the ground that the suspects have similar case before an Ilesa Magistrate Court.

He argued that should the suspects granted bail they are likely to commit another offence. He also urged the court to put into consideration the money involved in the case

In her ruling, Magistrate Olubukola Awodele, granted all the four accused persons bail in the sum of one million naira each with two sureties in the like sum.

Awodele explained that she granted the accused bail due to the age of the first and second accused persons.

She thereby adjourned the case till January 31, 2018 for mention at the Ijebu Ijesha Chief Magistrate Court.

Man Appears In Court For Attacking Policeman, IBEDC Staff

A middle aged man, Abdulwahabi Olalekan has been arraigned before an Osogbo Chief Magistrate court for attacking one Abioye Hammed, a policeman and one John Anthony.

Details as contained in the charge sheet of the accused person, revealed that Abdulwahabi conspired with one other person still at large attacked John and inflicted bodily injury on him.

According to the charge sheet, the suspect committed the offence behind Ota Efun motor park, Osogbo

Addressing the court, the prosecutor, Sergeant Badmus Adekunle, added that the accused persons and his accomplice also attacked a policeman, Abioye with sharp objects.

The offence committed was contrary to and publishable under section 512 of the criminal code, cap 34 vol. II, laws of Osun state.

After listening to the three-counts charge pressed against him, Abdulwahabi pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Appearing for the accused person, Barrister Mufutau Abiodun, applied for bail of his client, saying he would present credible surety if the need arises.

Ruling on the bail application, Magistrate Habibat Basiru admitted the suspect to bail in the sum of N200, 000 and one surety, who must submit two passport photographs to court.

She subsequently adjourned the matter to February 21, 2018 for hearing.

Speaking to newsmen after the court session, the Osogbo Regional Branding and Communication Officer of Ibadan Electricity District Company (IBEDC), Kike Owoeye said one of the two persons attacked is a staff of the company, that discovered that the accused person was consuming energy supplied by the Electricity District illegally.

She said: “John Anthony is IBEDC staff who was attacked by the accused person when he was caught engaging in by-passing. This is a wrong way to approach issues, even if a customer is having any issue with our staff they should report to our office instead of resulting to assault which is unlawful.

“According to the government policy, whoever is caught by-passing will pay a fine of N 450,000. We want to appeal to the general populace to desist from by-passing, energy theft, illegal connection and vandalism as they are all economic sabotage.

“Whoever that has a complaint should explore all our complaint channels instead of assaulting IBEDC staff while discharging their lawful duties.”

Man Jailed 3 Years Over Burglary, Theft

By Nofisat Marindoti

A 21-year old man, Kolawole Opeyemi has been sentenced to three years imprisonment by a Magistrates Court in Osogbo, State of Osun capital, over burglary and theft.

Opeyemi was said to have entered the house of one Azeez Waheed and one Adedeji Ridwan on the 31st of December, 2017 at Oke-baale area in Osogbo.

Prosecutor, Mustapha Tajudeen said the accused carted away one Black Berry phone valued N15,000, one Android phone valued at N18,000, one Infinix phone valued N36,000 and one power back valued N6,000.

Tajudeen added that the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 383(1),390(9),411(1)(2) and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

When his charges were read to him, Opeyemi pleaded guilty of the offences leveled against him and his counsel, Barrister Okobe Najite prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

In his ruling, Magistrate Fatimo Sodamade sentenced the accused to the three imprisonment without a fine option.

Court Remands Bricklayer For Defiling A Minor

A Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, State of Osun, on Tuesday, remanded a 23-year old bricklayer, Lukman Moshood, in prison for allegedly raping and defiling a 6-year-old girl for two days.

The suspect was accused of luring the victim, simply identified as Omode Kekere into his room located at 3, Durojaye Street, Testing Ground area, Osogbo, while her mother sent her on an errand.

Police prosecutor, Fatoba Temitope, a police sergeant, informed the court that the accused person forced the minor to bed two times at about 2:30pm on 23rd and 28th of December, 2017.

Moshood was said to have gagged the minor while having carnal knowledge of her repeatedly.
It was learnt that the victim’s parents discovered stains of blood in her private part before Moshood was confronted and reported to the police.

The charge sheet obtained by our correspondent from the court reads, “That you, Lukman Moshood, on the 23rd and 28th days of December, 2017 at about 14:30hours at No. 3 Durojaye Street, Testing Ground area, Osogbo in the Osogbo Family Court District did unlawfully and indecently assault one Omode Kekere, aged 6, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 360 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

The second charge reads partly, “ That you (accused) on the same date, time and aforementioned Magisterial district did unlawfully have carnal knowledge of Omode Kekere, aged 6 and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 218 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vil. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

But Moshood pleaded not guilty to the two count-charges of indecent assault and rape slammed against him by the police.

Though the accused person’s counsel, Okobe Najite, made efforts to secure bail for his client, the presiding Magistrate, A. Ayeni, ordered that Moshood be remanded in Ilesa Prison custody.

He adjourned the matter till January 30, 2018, for mention.

Meanwhile, the parents of the victim have appealed to the police and well-meaning Nigerians to ensure that their daughter gets justice over her ordeal.

Speaking with journalists at the Police Command Headquarters, the parents revealed that they had sent Kekere on an errand before Moshood allegedly lured her into his room and defiled her.

The State Commissioner of Police, Olafimihan Adeoye, then advised parents to always ensure that their wards do not go to where they could be abused.

Sexagenarian Docked For Assaulting Housewife In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti
A 63-year old man, Emenalom Christopher, has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, the State of Osun capital for allegedly assaulting one Kate Felix.
Prosecutor, Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the accused on the 10th of January, 2018 around RingRoad area in Osogbo, threatened to assault Kate with a cutlass.
Abiodun said the accused also hit one Sotunde Kayode with a padlock on his head which all contravened sections 86, 252 and 249 (D) of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws Of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.
However when his plea was read to him, Christopher pleaded not guilty of the offences and his counsel, Barrister Tunbosun Oladipupo prayed the court for his bail in the most liberal terms.
In his ruling, Magistrate Fatimo Sodamade granted the accused bail of N100,000 with one surety in the like sum and adjourned the case till February 12, 2018 for hearing.

Man Docked For Assault In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

A 22-year old man, Nura Umar has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, over alleged assault.

Prosecutor, Ajayi Sunday told the court that the accused inflicted injury on the head of one Tijani Lukman when he (Umar) hit him with a stick on the 27th of December at Igbona area of the state.

He said the offense is contrary to and punishable under section 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused however, pleaded not guilty of the charge preferred against him while his Counsel, Barrister Remigus Ngwu prayed the court for his bail in the most liberal terms.

Ngwu stated that the accused has reliable sureties and would not jump bail if granted.

In his ruling, Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba granted the accused bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till February 21, 2018.

Police Arraign Killer Of Osun 2018 Baby Of The Year’s Father

By Nofisat Marindoti

The State of Osun Police Command has arrested and arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, the State capital, the killer of the father of the State 2018 baby of the year, Okanlawon Kazeem aged 23.

The father of the baby, Okewumi Abiodun had met his death along Gbogan-Osogbo road, at Ogo-oluwa area of the metropolis few hours after the first Lady of the state, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola showered gifts on his baby for being the first to be delivered in the state in the New Year.

The father of the first baby, Abiodun had showered encomium on Mrs Aregbesola for her good gesture and had eventually left the hospital around 8pm to have some rest at home when the unfortunate happened.

His motorcycle had a head-on collision with another motorcycle riding against the traffic. While the other cyclist sustained minor injury, Abiodun died on the spot as a result of serious head injury he sustained.

Arraigning the accused in court, Police Prosecutor, Ajayi Sunday said Kazeem on January 1st, 2018 at Ogo-Oluwa area, being the rider in charge of one unregistered TVS motorcycle, drove against traffic rules in a manner dangerous to the public which led to the death of one Okewumi Abiodun.

Sunday said the accused also rode without drivers license which contravened section 18(1) of RTR Cap 115, vol. 5, Law of Osun of Nigeria, 2003 and section 27 of RTA Cap 155, vol. 6 Law of Osun of Nigeria, 2003.

The Prosecutor added that the offences are also contrary to and punishable under section 7 (1) of RTA law of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.

The accused however, pleaded not guilty of the charges levelled against him and his counsel, Barrister Tunde Adedokun prayed the court to grant bail.

In his ruling, Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba granted the accused bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till February 21 for hearing.

Court Remands Man For Defrauding Chief Of Over N4m

By Nofisat Adeoye

A Magistrate Court in Osogbo, State of Osun has remanded a middle aged man, Sikiru Oladipo in prison custody for allegedly defrauding one Chief Akinwekomi Ebenezer the sum of N4,116,500.

The State Counsel, Adekunle Adeniyi briefed the court that the accused on the 20th of March, 2012 around Stanbic IBTC Bank in Osogbo, conspired with one Abayomi Akande who is now at large to defraud Ebenezer the aforementioned amount of money, which belonged to one Gracious Farmers Cooperative Society.

Adeniyi said that the offence is contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under sections 1 (3) and 8 (a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.

He added that the offence is also contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34 Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

In his plea, the accused pleaded not guilty of the offence levelled against him and his counsel, Barrister Kazeem Badmus prayed to the court to grant him bail.

However in his ruling, Magistrate M. A Awodele ordered that the accused be remanded in Ilesa prison custody and adjourned the case till January 8, 2018.

Man, 32, Lands In Prison For Stealing Infinix Phone In Osun

By Nofisat Adeoye

A 32-year old man, Saheed Ganiyu has been remanded in prison custody by a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, Osun State for allegedly stealing an Infinix phone worth N50,000.

Prosecutor Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the accused on the 12th of March, 2017 broke into the house of one Adebisi Olalekan and stole his infinix phone with the sum of N5,000.

Abiodun said the accused also damaged the front door worth N50,000 of a Toyota car belonging to one Odebiyi Idowu. The Prosecutor said the accused also stole one flashdrive worth N5,000 from the car.

He added that the offence is contrary to and punishable under sections 390(a), 411(1)(2), 451 and 509 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused who had no legal representative, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba remanded him in Ilesa Prison custody and adjourned the case till January 31, 2018.