Two men, Olanrewaju Hakeem, 37, and Amoo Olufemi, 48, have been arraigned before Owode-Egba Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ogun State, on charges bordering on conspiracy, wilful damage and conduct likely to breach public peace.
The two men were arraigned by the men of Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID), Alagbon (Annex) Ikoyi-Lagos.
Arraigning the defendants before the court today, the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, told the presiding Magistrate, Chief Magistrate Idowu Esther, that the defendants and others now at large on June 24, 2021, at about 9 p.m, conspired among themselves and invaded an estate, Master’s Golden City Estate situate at Papalanto Road, Ofada, Owode Egba Area of Ogun State and damages some buildings.
The prosecutor also told the court that the defendants willfully and unlawfully destroyed a big banner signpost placed at the estate’s entrance gate by one Mrs. Ahonsi Rebecca, which indicated period that the gate would not be opened for motorcyclists and Tricycle operators.
He also told the court that the defendants caused breach of public peace, by preventing the residents of the estate access to their homes.
He told the court that the offences committed by the defendants’ are contrary to and punishable under section 516, 451, 249(d), 323 and 365 of the Criminal Code Law, Val. 1, Revised Laws of Ogun State 2006.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following their not guilty plea, the prosecutor, asked the court for a trial date. He equally asked the court to remand them in custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) till the determination of the charges against them.
But their counsel, Oluwole Kehinde and Folarin Oloyede, pleaded with the court to admit their clients to bail in the most liberal terms. Saying that the charges against them are bailable ones.
Considering the submissions of counsel, Chief Magistrate Idowu, admitted bail to each of the defendants in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties according to the Chief Magistrate, must be residents within the court’s jurisdisction and who have paid tax to the Ogun State Government for three years.
The Chief Magistrate while adjourning the matter till November 15, for mention, ordered that the defendants be remanded in NCoS’ custody till the perfection of the bail terms.