Suspect destroys police vehicles and rifles
Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
A 23-year-old man, Akinola Akinlabayo, has been arraigned before an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged arson.
The accused person committed the offence on August 24, 2018, at 10:30p.m at Iwo in Osun state.
The police Prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun told the court that the accused person willfully and unlawfully set ablaze the office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and a patrol vehicle with number plate NPF 446D.
Olusegun said the accused person also set ablaze a Nissan Ford patrol vehicle with registration number NPF 38C, Hilux patrol vehicle with number plate SAS 05, Volkswagen car and an SUV Ford Jeep.
He said the accused person also damaged AK47 riffles, one riot gunner in the station during the incident.
The prosecutor added that the defendant assaulted Sgt. Ogundipe Kolawole by hitting him with sticks and stones.
The offences contravened sections 516, 443, 451, 356, 383, and punishable under Section 390(9),70 and 71 of the Criminal Code Laws of Osun, 2002.
The accused person who is facing a 17-count charge bothering on arson, malicious damage, assault, theft, unlawful assembly and riot, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Mrs Risikat Olayemi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500, 000 and one surety.
Olayemi said the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and have evidence of tax payment.
The case was adjourned till June 27, 2019 for hearing.