An Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo on Monday, ordered the Police to remand 3 defendants in an Ilesha Correctional facility for allegedly beating a Monarch, Alabudo of Abudo, Oba Morufudeen Olawale.
Source gathered that the 3 defendants; Tijani Wasiu , Akangbe Tairu, and Samad Mutairu were arraigned on 2 counts, bordering on breach of public peace and assault.
It was learnt that the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Kayode Asanbe, alleged that, on February 20th, 2021, the 3 defendants at about 4:45pm in Abudo village in Awo, Egbedore Local Government Area, Osun State conducted themselves in a disorderly manner when they invaded the Monarch’s Palace.
He said, “They went to the Palace of Alabudo to disturb labourers who are working in the Palace by acting like thugs.”
“The 3 persons also assaulted Alabudo of Abudo, Oba Morufudeen Olawale in his Palace by slapping and beating him with a cutlass.”
The Police prosecutor noted that the offences committed are contrary to and punishable under section 249 (D) and 351 of the Criminal Code Cap. 34 Vol II. Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.
However, the 3 defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge pressed against them.
Counsel for the defendants, A. O Okgi made an oral bail application for his clients on the most liberal term assuring the court that they have reliable sureties.
The prosecutor opposed the bail application moved, saying that it is a great insult on the traditional institute to slap a King and even beat him with a cutlass.
In his ruling, the presiding Magistrate, Mr Isola Omisade, ordered that the 3 defendants be remanded in a correctional facility.
He adjourned the case to February 25th, 2021 for a ruling on bail.