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Osun Guber : Police Docked Alleged 16 Fake Election Observers

Osun Guber :Police Docked Alleged 16 Fake Election Observers 

Grace Isaac 

The Osun State Police Command has on Wednesday arraigned 16 fakes election Observer for allegedly causing breach of peace,  impersonating INEC observers and unlawful possession of INEC materials at the recently concluded rerun election in the state. 

The 16 accused person  were docked before Osogbo Magistrate's Court which presided over by magistrate Olusegun Ayilara on six count charges bothering on conspiracy, personating INEC observers, unlawful possession of INEC materials, unlawful assembly, conduct likely to cause breach of peace and disorderly conduct at governatorial election. 

The 16 defendants  includes  Yakubu Moshood 48, Olaoye Ashimu 45, Raheem Taofeek 38, Oyelayo Dayo 49, Lawal Adebayo 34, Akinwunmi Tunji 28, Igbeta Stephen 34, Yinusa Sodiq 27,  Segun Daramola 37, Kayode Dada 31. 

Others are Adeolu Bamijoko 25, Olumide Ayansola 25 and Oladipo Samson 35, Habeeb Bashiru 22, Anishogun Charles 23 and Gbenga Olapade 35. 

The prosecuting counsel Felix C.Okafor told the court that the 16 accused person  and others at large committed the offense on September 27, 2018  at about 1pm at Ifon - Osun in Osogbo. 

Prosecutor counsel briefed the court that the 16 accused person who possess INEC materials   Falsely represented themselves to be INEC observers with intent to carry out some common purpose assembled in such a manner to cause persons in the neighborhood to fear and disturbed the peace of the society. 

Okafor stated further that the 16 accused person in a disorderly manner cause breach of peace at the Osun Governatorial election recently concluded in the state. 

According to him the offense contravene section 516, section 484,  Section 430(1) section 69 punishable under section 70 laws of Osun State 2003 and section 128 of the electoral Act. 

All the 16 defendants pleaded not guilty to all the six count charges alleged against them by the police. 

The Defense Counsel Barrister Olusegun Olatoye urged the court to grant all the defendants bail in the most liberal and affordable terms saying  bail pending trial Is a constitutional rights. 

The presiding magistrate,  Olusegun Ayilara  granted the oral bail application made by defense counsel and admitted all the 16 defendants bail in the sum of 1m with one surety each. 

 Ayilara said the surety must sworn to affidavit of means produce three passports photographs,  be a  well known person who resides within the court jurisdiction and must provide evidence of tax clearance. 

The case was adjourned to November 21 for mention. 

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