By Arogundade Nafisat, Osogbo
A Magistrates’ court sitting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Thursday ordered for the remand of eight persons for allegedly attempting to murder some leaders of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
The defendants are: OLANIYAN JELILI 53, AWOTUNDE NURENI 35, NURUDEEN TAOHEED 30, TIAMIYU OLAMIDE 33, ZACCHEUS AWOSOGBON 41, ONIKOLA ADEKUNLE 46, RASAKI LAWAL BAWONI 44, ADEBISI SARAFA ADITU 45.
The prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun informed the court that the defendants committed the offence on February 10, 2020, at PDP Secretariat, Osogbo .
According to him, the individuals did conspire among themselves and attempt to kill one Diran Odeyemi by hitting him with sticks which made him unconscious for hours, alongside Akin Adeyi, both chieftains of the opposition PDP.
He added that the offence committed are contrary and punishable under section 516,320(1) ,355,351,249(d) law of Osun state, 2002.
The defendants however pleaded not guilty to five-count charge leveled against them by the police
The two defence counsels, Sina Adeniran and Nurudeen Kareem urged the court to grant their clients bail in the most liberal terms, as they promised that none of the defendant would jump bail, adding that they would also provide reliable sureties to stand for them.
In a swift reaction therefore, the prosecutor opposed the bail application, informing the court that the offence committed remained heinous and that if they were granted bail, there is high possibility of jumping bail as well as influencing witnesses in the matter.
In his ruling, the Magistrate , O.A Ayilara ordered the remand of the defendants at Ilesa Correctional centre.
He thereby adjourned the matter till March,6,2020 for ruling on bail.
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