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Police arraign sexagenarian, 5 others for beating up IBEDC official





Ilesa (Osun), April 16, 2019 The police on Tuesday arraigned a sexagenarian and five others in an Ilesa Magistrates’ Court in Osun, for allegedly beating up an official of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).

The police charged  Olaniran Idowu, 61; Opebiyi Oluwaseyi, 32; Abayomi Korede, 25; Ariyo Mayowa, 21,;Abe Wasiu, 23 and Ayeni Ebenezer, 20, with conspiracy, malicious damages, assault and breach of public peace.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge.

According to the prosecutor,  Insp Olookooba Sulaiman,  the defendants committed the offence on March 14 at 8.30 a.m. at the IBEDC Office, Isare Ilesa.

Sulaiman said the the IBEDC staff, is on admission for the injuries he sustained when the defendants assaulted him.

He said the defendants also willfully damaged windows, doors, gates and vehicles, belonging to the IBEDC.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 69, 70, 71, 76, 81, 355 and 451 of the Criminal Law of Osun, 2002.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Femi Fafowora, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms saying they would not jump bail.

In his ruling, the Magistrate, Mr Ishola Omisade, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N1 million each  with two sureties in like sum.

Omisade ordered that one of  sureties must swear to affidavit of means and the other surety a civil servant.

He added that the sureties must also reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

The case was adjourned until June 6 for mention .