By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
For allegedly attacking the convoy of the Deputy Governor of Osun State and others with stones, 16 suspected political thugs have been ordered to be remanded at Ilesa Correctional Center pending when formal bail application would be considered.
The defendants were brought before an Osogbo Magistrate’s court for allegedly attacking the convoy of the deputy governor of the state, Benedict Alabi, and damaging some vehicles in the entourage with stones.
The suspects that were docked are Ayobami Hammed, 25; Kareem Jamiu, 27; Yusuf Babatunde, 20; Ismail Taiwo, 20; Emmanuel Monday, 28; Bankole Sunday, 24; Raji Wasiu, 25; Babatunde Nurudeen, 31; and Adediran Morenikeji, 25.
Others are Olateju Olayemi, 24; Lawal Victor, 20; Aderemi Segun, 25; Idris Olajide, 20; Akindoyin Ifeoluwa, 22; Olanrewaju Femi, 22; and Nurudeen Sulaiman, 35.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspects committed the offence on May 23, 2022 when the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola; his deputy, Alabi; chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress and a crowd of party supporters stormed Gbongan, the headquarters of Ayedaade Local Government Area of the state for Oyetola’s re-election campaign.
The suspects, armed with dangerous weapons, were said to have taken over the Ife/Ibadan Expressway in the town, where they reportedly attacked some travellers after the campaign in Gbongan.
Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Correspondents’ Chapel, were reportedly not spared as their vehicle was attacked by the thugs.
The police prosecutor, John Idoko, urged the court to remand the defendants on the ground of the sensitivity of the matter.
Magistrate Olusola Aluko asked the defence counsels to approach the court with a formal bail application and ordered that the defendants should be remanded in Ilesa Correctional Centre.