By Nafisat Arogundade & Joshua Olanibi Osogbo
An Osun Magistrate’s court sitting in Osogbo, the state capital on Monday ordered the remand of six suspected artists for allegedly recording obscene publication at Osun-Osogbo shrine.
The accused persons are ;Tobiloba Isaac Jolaoso 27, Ladiva Aije 22, Juliet Semion 24, Ahmed Olasunkanmi 23, Adeniran Eritosin 29, and Tunde Jimoh 27
The were said to have comitted the offence on or before July 25, 2020 at about 12:30pm at Osun-Osogbo shrine, Osogbo.
Police prosecutor, Idoko John alleged that the accused persons did act a drama or film which appeared on the face of it to bear pornographic picture of Young girls who were half naked and thereafter published or sent for public consumption
He further said that the accused persons did conspire amongst themselves to act at the Osun-Osogbo traditional and religion ground and committed a misdemeanor to wit insult to religion
He disclosed that the accused persons unlawfully damaged window louvre of the police station
Prosecutor stated that the offence committed by the accused persons was contrary to and punishable under Section 516,233,517, and 451 Cap 34 Vol ll Law of Osun state 2002
The six accused persons pleaded not guilty to the allegations slammed against them.
One of the accused persons while speaking told the court that they only went to the shrine for excursion and they only took pictures.
Defence Counsel, Tunbosun Oladipupo applied for the bail of the accused persons in most liberal term saying that the allegations are bailable offence
In his swift reaction, the Prosecutor opposed the bail application made by the Counsel on the ground that the scene of the crime is international worship ground, claming that the act will tarnish the image of the religion
He said further that the accused persons are not resident of Osogbo and their location is not known by the police and one of them is cameroonian
He said if they were granted bail they were likely to cause breach of peace order of the state and they can commit similar offence
In his ruling, Magistrate Isola Omisade ordered the remand of the six accused persons in Ilesa correctional center
He thereby adjourned the matter till September 17,2020 for ruling on bail.p
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