Alleged Murder: Court Grants Senator Adeleke’s Nurse N10m Bail

Court Admits Suspect’s Statements In N24bn Police Pension Fraud Case

An Osun State High Court, sitting in Ede, has granted bail to Alfred Aderibigbe, the nurse who treated Senator Isiaka Adeleke, before his death.

Aderibigbe was indicted by the coroner inquest led by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara for allegedly administering overdose drugs on the late Senator before his death.

He was arraigned on Friday, June 8, 2018, and he pleaded not guilty to the murder charge preferred against him.

The presiding Judge, Ayo Oyebiyi, however, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Ilesha prison till June 29, 2018.

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In his ruling, Justice Oyebiyi granted bail to Aderibigbe with N10million and two sureties in like sum.

The Judge said one of the sureties must be a civil Servant not below grade level 10, while one must be a blood relation of the accused person.

He added that the sureties, who must reside in the state, must also provide three years tax clearance and the copy of bail bonds should be deposited with Department of Public Prosecution, Osun State Ministry of Justice.

The bail application was initially filed by counsel to the accused, Soji Oyetayo, on Tuesday. Judge Oyebiyi, then, adjourned the ruling on the bail application till Friday 22nd of June, 2018.

Ile-Ife Crisis: Arraignment Of Suspects Stalled

Woman Charged With Murder Of Three Year OldThe arraignment of the suspects arrested in connection with the Ile-Ife ethnic clash that occurred on March 8, 2017 in Osun state, could not hold on Tuesday as scheduled.

The Police had brought in five suspects to the Osun State High Court, Osogbo for arraignment amidst heavy security, while lawyers were also seated in court 5 hoping that the suspects would be arraigned.

Up until some minutes past nine in the morning, when news filtered in that they would no longer be arraigned, the suspects were kept in a vehicle outside the court premises.

The Police, however, refused to comment on the matter.

‎The clash between the Ile-Ife community and the Arewa community had left many dead, several others injured and homeless as property worth millions were destroyed.

EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUND

EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUNDThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa alongside his company, Digitpro Engineering Technology Ltd. before Justice A.O. Oladimeji of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ede.

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission arraigned Mr Ojemuyiwa on Monday, April 3, on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and giving of gratification to public officers.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ojemuyiwa’s journey to the dock followed a petition to the EFCC sometimes in April 2016 by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun, alleging a fraudulent conversion and diversion of 0.3 billion Naira TETFUND approved for sundry projects at the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, asked the court for a trial date while the defence counsel, Banjo Akinwande, approached the court with an oral application for bail which was opposed by the prosecution counsel.

Justice Oladimeji ordered that the defence counsel presents a formal application to help the court exercise its discretion on the bail application, in view of the antecedents of failure of the accused person to honour the EFCC’s invitation twice.

One of the counts read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometimes in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, stole the sum of 53,837,574.08 Naira (fifty three million, eight hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred and seventy-four Naira, eight Kobo) only, from the sum of 112,810,952.20 Naira (one hundred and twelve million, eight hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-two Naira, twenty Kobo) advance payment to you as mobilisation fee for the construction of an amphitheatre by the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, Osun State”.

The second count also read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometime in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, corruptly gave the sum of 43,093,694.36 Naira (forty-three million, ninety-three thousand, six hundred and ninety-four Naira, thirty-six Kobo) to members of the Governing Council, Osun State College of Education, Ila Orogun, through one David Olayinka Olojede of De Capstone Ltd. on account of the award of a contract worth 228,298,302.00 Naira (two hundred and twenty-eight million, two hundred and ninety-eight thousand, three hundred and two Naira) and the over payment of mobilisation fee to you by the Governing Council and the Management of Osun State College of Education”.

The matter was adjourned till Tuesday, May 2, 2017 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

The accused is to be remanded at the Federal Prison, Ilesha in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.

Suspected Hoodlums Set Osun High Court Ablaze

Osun State High CourtA section of the Osun State High Court located in Ayeso area of Ilesha  has been set ablaze by some unknown persons.

A witness told Channels Television that the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, resulting to destruction of valuable documents in Court One.

It was also gathered that the security men on duty were tied up, while one of the guards was injured with a machete by the perpetrators as they tried to gain access into the court premises.

The Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo, who visited the scene to assess the level of damage done, declined granting interviews on the incident.

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However, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilesha branch, Ebenezer Ogunfunminiyi, who was on the entourage of the Chief Judge condemned the attack on the court of law.

Mr Ogunfunminiyi stressed that the lawyers would henceforth boycott the court, claiming that it was obvious that their lives were in danger.

He noted that efforts were in top gear to reach Governor Rauf Aregbesola and make him see the need for adequate security of lives of workers in the court.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Folasade Odoro, who confirmed the incident, said that the force has fortified the premises of the court with more security personnel.

She also assured the public that the police had begun investigation to nab the perpetrators of the act.

“The police are fully aware of the incident and when we were called upon, we responded swiftly to the scene of the incident and ensured that the fire did not go beyond where it had destroyed.

“Also, we sent men to the place for adequate security and beef up all entries to the court premises.

“Right now we do not have any suspects but one thing we are certain about is that investigation is ongoing and we will surely get the people who are behind this incident.

“We have many of our men stationed there right now including mobile policemen to beef up the security and as we proceed with hour investigation, we will surely apprehend the culprits,” Odoro stated.

Court Approves Hijab For Public Schools In Osun

educationAn Osun State High Court has ruled that female Muslim students can now wear hijab in all public primary and secondary schools in the state.

Delivering the judgement on Friday in Osogbo, the state’s capital, Justice Jide Falola ruled that the use of hijab by female Muslims was their fundamental human right to freedom of religion, conscience and thought.

He held that no female student must be molested or sent out of school for wearing hijab.

Justice Falola declared that since all missionary schools had been taken over by government in 1975, all students have equal rights to practice their religions.

However, he noted that such hijab must match the color of their school uniforms.

Counsels to the state’s Muslim Community and Christian Association of Nigeria, Kozeem Odedeji and Femi Ayandokun, expressed different opinions to the judgement.

The case was instituted in February 2013 by the Osun State Muslim Community and the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria.