By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Some loyalists of the Minister Of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, were on Monday arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for alleged assault and conspiracy.
Those arraigned were: Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State, Hon Rasaq Salinsile and former Chairman of the party, Reverend Adelowo Adebiyi, former Commissioner for Works and Transports, Engr. Kazeem Salami, former Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Com. Biyi Odunlade, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Taxation, Barr. Gbenga Akano , a member of the APC in Ilesa, Alaba Popoola and Azeez Adekunle.
They were accused of assaulting one Muideen Ajetunmobi and Usman Lekan at the APC Secretariat on August 14, 2021.
The Police prosecutor, John Idoko, informed the court that the defendants and others at large, conspired, hit the duo with stones and broken plastic chairs that caused them harm on their heads.
The charge sheet obtained in court reads: “That you Popoola Alaba, aged 40, Azeez Adekunle, 42, Comrade Biyi Odunlade, Engr Kareem Aderemi Salami, Revd Lowo Adebiyi, Salinsile Rasaq and Gbenga Akano and others now at large, on the 14th day of August 2021 at about 1:30pm at Ogo Oluwa Osogbo in the Osogbo Magisterial district, did conspire among yourselves to commit felonies to wit assault occasional harm.
“That you (defendants) and others now at large on the same day, time, place and in the aforementioned Magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Hamzat Lukman Babatunde by hitting him with stones on his head, which caused him harm.
“That you (defendants) and others now at large, on the same day, time and aforementioned Magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Ajetumobi Muidoen by hitting him with parts of broken plastic chairs on his head, which caused him harm,” the three counts slammed on the party stalwarts read in part.
Police prosecution argued that they committed offences contrary to and punishable under Section 516 and 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. Il, laws of Osun state of Nigeria 2002.
But the APC chieftains pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
The police did not object the oral bail application.
The Chief Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara granted Salinsile, Adebiyi, Salami, Odunlade and Akano bail, on self recognisance in the sum of N5million each.
Ayilara also admitted Alaba and Adekunle to bail in the sum of N5million with one surety each in the same amount.
He said the sureties must either be a civil servant or house owner residing within the jurisdiction of the Chief Magistrate.
The matter was adjourned till September 24 for mention.