Alleged Terrorism: Arraignment of Oyo Monarch, 10 Others Stalled In Abuja



The arraignment of a traditional ruler in Oyo State, Solomon Akinola on terrorism charges that was supposed to hold on Thursday at the Federal High Court in Abuja was stalled due to the objection to jurisdiction of the court to conduct the trial.

Though Akinola was not physically present in court to take his plea, three of his Chiefs, Sunday Aderinto 87 years, Samson Ogunmola 76 years and Timothy Aderinyo 71 years were brought to court.

Shortly after the trio were called to the dock, their counsel, Jimoh Abdulsalam raised objection to the taking of their plea to the offences alleged to have been committed between May 10 and 21 last year.

The Counsel predicted his objection on the validity of the charges insisting that the three chiefs aged between 87 and 71 years are victims of land dispute between Oko and Aagba Communities near Ogbomoso in Surulere Local Goverment Area of Oyo state.

He told the court that it is only the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) that can handle terrorism charges and expressed displeasure that police coloured a communal land dispute as terrorism act adding that the chiefs cannot take plea on terrorism charges.

The lawyer also challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.

The prosecution dis not counter the oral objection of the defendants.

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Following the vehement objection to the arraignment on jurisdiction, Justice Obiora Egwuatu directed the defense counsel to put his objection in writing and serve same on the prosecution.

Others billed for arraignment but said to be at large are Jimoh Asimiyu, Segun Gbadebo, Oluwole Ogundeji, Akintaro Mathew Piamo, Rafiu Ganiyu, Adejare Adeleru and Zacheus Adeleru.

Inspector General of Police IGP filed the terrorism charges against them through an officer in the legal department of the Force Headquarters, Orji Kalu.

The criminal charges among others, indicated that the defendants while armed with dangerous weapons comprising cutlasses and knives allegedly conspired and invaded Aagba Community in Oyo State and kidnapped three people in addition to inflicting various degrees of injuries on their victims.

Those said to have been kidnapped are Atanda Akinwale, Olayiwola Gbadebo and Olusola Agbebi contrary to section 1 (2) of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013.

Also, they were accused of inflicting injuries on Muritala Alimi, Omilabu Oluwasegun and Rachel Bamidele.

The charges also indicated that 4 tyres of Honda Pilot Jeep belonging to Baale of Aagba, Chief Adesola Ajiboye, a motorcycle worth N300, 000, a borehole, windscreen, pipes, a bulldozer a farm were destroyed.

The defendants were further accused of stealing 15 bags of cement worth N450,000.

Meanwhile, Justice Egwuatu has fixed the matter for February 14 to take objection of the defendants to the charges.


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