Court Arraigns Lawyer, One Other Over Alleged Land Theft

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrate court sitting in Ibadan has arraigned Ayo Adepoju (43) and Olusegun Abayomi, a lawyer (32) on a five count-charge of felony to wit, malicious damage, forcible entry, threatening violence and land grabbing.

The charge sheet marked No MI/835c/2019 read “the accused persons, Ayo Adepoju, Olusegun Abayomi and others now at large, sometime in December, 2017, at Ayegun/Oleyo Road, Ibadan, in the Ibadan Magisterial District did conspire amongst yourselves to commit Felony to wit, Malicious damage, Forcibly entry, Threatening violence and Land grabbing”.

The Prosecution counsel, Barrister Ojeh told the court that Ayo and Olusegun at the same date and place willfully and unlawfully damaged perimeter fence valued at two million naira (N2,000,000) property of one Emmanuel Adetola King of Adron Homes and Properties Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 451 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.

Mr. Ojeh said “the accused persons and others, now at large, in the aforementioned Magisterial District caused breach of peace and did enter into a land in actual and peaceable possession of one Emmanuel Adetola King of Adron Homes and Properties Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 81 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.”

He said further that “the accused persons and others at large, without lawful authority did use and threaten to use further violence for the purpose of grabbing land for yourselves or any other person property of one Emmanuel Adetola King of Adron Homes and Properties Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 7 (1) of the Real Properties Protection Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2016.

The Prosecutor also disclosed that “Ayo, Olusegun and others now at large, on the same date and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District without lawful authority did grab land belonging to one Emmanuel Adetola King of Adron Homes and Properties Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 4 of the Real Properties Protection Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2016”.

Mr. Ojeh stated that the offences were contrary to and punishable under Section 515 of the Criminal Code, Cap 8, Volume II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.

The accused persons, Ayo Adepoju and Olusegun Abayomi pleaded not guilty of the offences.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Idowu of Iyaganku Magistrate Court One, granted the first defendant, Ayo Adepoju a bail condition of one million naira with two sureties, who must be gainfully employed and he or she should provide verifiable addresses to the police, while the second defendant, Olusegun Abayomi, a lawyer was granted bail on self recognition.

Other conditions attached to Abayomi Olusegun’s bail included deposit of his university law degree and call to bar certificates and filling of bail bond.

The case has been adjourned to September 5th, 2019.

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