By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
An Osogbo Magistrate Court has ordered that a 32-year old man, Akinloye Saheed, be remanded in Correctional Centre for allegedly posting false information on his Facebook page against Osun State Government.
Saheed, who is a member of the main opposition party in the State was said to have committed the offence on April 11th, 2020 in Osogbo.
The prosecution team lead by Acting Solicitor General, Mr. Dapo Adeniji, appeared with Moses Faremi, Biodun Badiora, Kemi Bello and Oyedele Akintayo.
According to the charge sheet presented to the court by Adeniji stated “That you Akinloye Saheed ‘m’ on 11 days of April 2020 at 11:05 pm at Osogbo did interfere with an executive order of the Osun State Government when you published on your Facebook page that “When I accused Osun Government of importing COVID-19 patients into the state just to access fund from the FG many didn’t believe. The said imported patients are now Negative. APC, You Are Not Doing Well.” The information you know to be false and an intent to incite members of the public against the Osun State Government”.
The prosecutor said that offence committed by Saheed contravened section 61, 374, 59(1) of the Criminal code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002 and section 24 of the [Cyber Crime Prohibition Prevention, etc] Act, 2015.
But, Saheed pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge bordering on defamation, false information, instill fear and an inciteful statement against the government leveled against him.
The counsel to the defendant, Mr. Bamidele Ajibade made an oral bail application for his client assuring the court that he won’t jump bail if granted.
He said, “Saheed was arrested by police and had been granted administrative bail at Police Station. He had been going to police station ever since then. This is an attestation that if he is granted bail, he won’t jump bail.
“I urge the court to admit my client to bail on the most liberal term. He has reliable sureties to stand for him and he won’t jump bail.”
Adeniji however opposed to the oral bail application moved by the defence counsel, he prayed the court to remand the accused person in Correctional Centre.
He said, “I urge the court to remand the accused person in prison custody for 30 days.”
The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Olusegun Ayilara, ordered that the accused be remanded in Correctional Facility pending the time that the defence counsel will file the formal bail application of his client.
He then adjourned the case to 13th May, 2020.