An Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo on Monday has ordered the remand of three defendants in Ilesha Corrections for alleged slapping of a monarch, Alabudo of Abudo, Oba Morufudeen Olawale.
The three defendants; Tijani Wasiu (35yrs), Akangbe Tairu (35yrs) and Samad Mutairu (30yrs) were arraigned on two counts, bordering on breach of public peace and assault.
The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Kayode Asanbe, alleged that, on February 20th, 2021 the three defendants at about 4:45 PM in Abudo village in Awo, Egbedore Local Government Area, Osun State conducted themselves in a manner to cause a breach of peace.
“They went to the palace of Alabudo to disturb labourers who are working in the palace by acting like a thug.
“The three defendants 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 three 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, he said, “It is a great insult on the traditional institute to slap a King and even beat him with a cutlass.”
The presiding magistrate, Mr Isola Omisade, ordered that the three defendants be remanded to Corrections.
He adjourned the case to February 25th, 2021 for a ruling on bail.