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Court remands Osun Chiefs for fraud

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

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An Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo has ordered the remand of three traditional chiefs and one other, for allegedly defrauding a prince on the pretense of installing him as a king.

The chiefs; Adepoju Aderemi, Muritala Adeleke, Najeem Ayoku and one other, Egbebi Kolawole were arraigned on four counts of perjury, fraud and breach of peace by the police.

The police prosecutor, Saheed Anifowose in the charge brought against the defendants read, “Chief Adepoju Aderemi, Chief Muritala Adeleke, Chief Najeem Ayoku, Egbebi Kolawole and others at large between November 13 to 17, 2022 at Ekosin/Town in the Osogbo Magisterial District did conspire to commit felony to wit perjury, obtaining Money Under false Pretence and Conduct Likely to cause Breach of Peace.

“That you, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N2,200,000 from one Adepoju Kazeem Olalekan under the pretence  of installing him as a King, which you know to be false thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.”

He added that they conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause the breach of peace which contravenes  Section 249(d) and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the alleged offenses as their counsel, Yemi Abiona, applied for their bail in most liberal term.

The presiding magistrate, Dr Olusegun Ayilara ordered that they should be remanded in Correctional Center and said the matter should be transferred to Okuku Magistrate for fresh arraignment.

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