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Court Remands Osun Monarch Son In-law, Others For Allegedly Defrauding Osun Lawmaker, Timothy Owoeye

Court Remands Osun Monarch  Son In-law, Others For Allegedly Defrauding Osun Lawmaker, Timothy Oweye

An Osun State   Magistrate's Court sitting In Osogbo, the state capital which presided over by chief Olusegun Ayilara has ordered  the Remands of Osun monarch  son,  In-law, Olalekan Muhammed  son of Olosunjela of Osunjele Ijesa, Oba Muhammed Babatunde and six other in prison custody  for allegedly defrauding Osun Lawmaker, Timothy Owoeye an amount of 38m.

Olalekan Muhammed, the Son of Olosunjela of Osunjele Ijesa, Oba Muhammed Babatunde and six others were docked on Wednesday on seven count charges bothering on   Advance Fraud Related Case, Robbery,  possession of firearms, Felony among others.

Olalekan, a Commissioner II in the Osun State Local Government Service Commission was arraigned alongside Rasheed Bakare, also an In-law to the monarch.

Police Prosecutor, Solomon Idoko who brought the accused to the court pleaded that the court should take the plea of the suspect for the police to proceed with the trial of the case.

Idoko told the court that the charges are related to the alleged criminal conspiracy and obtaining by false presence case involving the Osun State House of Assembly Leader, Hon Timothy Owoeye currently before the court.

However, Counsel to the suspect, M A Shitu  opposed  entertaining the charges by the magistrate court for lack of jurisdiction.  He described the charges brought by the police to the magistrate court which is criminal in nature as an abuse of court process having understood that is it only higher court that can entertain such matter and urged the court to dismiss the charges in its entirety.

The Presiding Magistrate,  Segun Ayilara reserved ruling over jurisdictional issue in entertaining the charges and ordered that the two suspect be remanded in police custody pending determination.

He adjourned the case till Friday, October 12, 2018 for further hearing.

Meanwhile, the court has adjourned the trail of Kazeem Agbabiaka,  Femi  Oyebode,  AbdulRasheed Ojonla Babatunde Oluajo Adebiyi Kehinde,  Oseni Oyebanji Oyeniyi Ismaila Azeez, and  Awodunmola Kehinde till October  24, 2018 for mentioning.

Kazeem and others were alleged to have obtained by force and pretense, the sum of N38 Million from the Osun State House of Assembly majority leader, Hon Timoty Owoeye   between the month of April and July 2018 at Oluajo area Osogbo.

They were also accused  of intent to defraud Owoeye under the pretends of organising  spiritual for him to avert death and hereby committed an offense   against section 1 (1) (A) (B) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Free Fraud and other related Offences Act, 2006.

According to the charge sheet, the accused were armed with dangerous weapon like guns UTC  axe and cutlass to rob Owoeye  there by committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 1 (2)(a) of the robbery and fit arm special provisions act 2004.

Counsel to the accused,  Badmus  Kazeem urged the court not to take plea of the accused for lack of jurisdiction and urged the court to considered the bail application taking into congnisance  the liberty of the suspect who have been in prison custody for over a month.

Mosses Faremi, Chief State Counsel, from state ministry of justice had earlier sought the leave of the court to take over the case from the police which was  granted by the court.

Presiding Magistrate Segun Ayilara in his ruling adjourned the case till October 24 and  ordered that the suspect should be remanded in prison custody pending.

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