By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Ten persons including a 78-year-old grandfather, Pa Suraju Balogun, have been dragged before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, southwest Nigeria for allegedly chopping a woman’s finger and also assaulting one other person during the jubilation that greeted the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the August 9 governorship election.
The ten suspects who were arraigned before Magistrate Olusola Aluko on Wednesday, August 20, a week after the election, on a seven count charge bothering on conspiracy, breach of public peace and assault.
The nine other suspects bundled to the court in a van guarded by armed men of Osun State Police are: Azeez Rauf, 27; Oyewunmi Taiwo, 28; Ogundele Sefiu, 25; and Amao Olatunji, 28.
Others are: Mukaila Abdullahi, 40; Ogunshina Oladele, 25; Lasisi Muideen, 28; Gasali Akinola, 61; and Mukaila Balogun, 30.
The police prosecutor, Sergent Samuel Idenhi, informed the court that the accused persons committed the offence on Sunday, 10th August, 2014, at about 10am, at Ikoyi in Apomu, Osun State.
Idenhi said the accused persons conspired together with others at large to assault one Sabiatu Amao, by using cutlass to cut her finger and also beating her up in an unlawful manner.
He also argued that the accused persons assaulted Amao, a married woman and unlawfully destroyed her items including plastic chairs,clothes, and food items that were valued at N130,000.00.
The prosecutor said they assembled themselves with a common purpose to disturb the peace of the public.
He also told the court that the accused persons in the same manner assaulted one Famiyi Taiwo, who was with Amao as they allegedly stabbed Taiwo with a cutlass on his head.
According to Idenhi, the victims were rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
The police prosecutor claimed that the accused persons are supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while Amao and Taiwo are members of the defeated People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
It was gathered that the accused persons had unleashed terror on their victims because the latter had harassed them during the gubernatorial poll.
The prosecution then informed the court that the accused persons have committed offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 516, 355, 451, 70, and 249(d) of the Criminal Code Cap 34, vol.11 Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
But the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against them.
Counsel to the accused persons, Barrister, Bukola Onifade, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.
Ruling on the defence’s oral bail application, Magistrate Aluko, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 each and one surety each in like sum adding that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means.
Aluko further ruled that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, with evidence of tax payment and two passport photographs.
The case was adjourned till Oct. 21,2014 for hearing.