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Court Remands Monarch Over  Rumour Against Ooni

By Sodiq Lawal

An Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ile-Ife has remanded a traditional ruler, Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, 63, and one Abidemi Olukanmi, 18, for allegedly spreading rumour against the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Christian Olajide, told the court that the accused committed the offence sometime in November, 2017 in Ile-Ife.

Olajide said that the accused conspired between themselves to commit felony, to wit, “publication of false news that caused fear and alarm and deformation of character.”

He said the accused also chanted and sang songs causing hatred, ridicule, spreading rumour and negative report against the Ooni.

According to the prosecutor, the actions of the accused affected the reputation of Ogunwusi and exposed him to ridicule.

Olajide added that the song caused fear and alarm for members of the public and breached public peace in Ife.

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He said the offence contravened sections 59, 374, 375 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun State, 2002.

The Defence Counsel, Mr. Edward Birilomoni, applied for bail for the accused, pledging that his clients would not jump bail and that they would produce reliable sureties.

However, the magistrate, Mrs. Adejumoke Ademola Olowolagba, refused the accused bail but advised the counsel to come with written application for the consideration of bail.

The magistrate ordered the remand of the accused in prison custody, pending the consideration of their bail.

She adjourned the case to February 23rd, 2016 for hearing.

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