Two in court over alleged assault occasioning harm

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The police in Osun, on Thursday, arraigned two persons, Ojo Gboyega, 25 and Gbenga Popoola, 22, before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court over alleged assault occasioning harm.

The Prosecutor, Insp Onah Glory, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Dec 2, around 08 am at Asabi Village, via Modakeke-Ife.

Glory said that the defendants conspired with others, now at large, to commit the offence.

He added that the defendants assaulted one Ojo Mathew and Alade Zachariah by beating them with battle axe, which did harm them in their faces and buttocks.

The prosecutor stated further that the defendants had in their possession one locally-made barrel gun, one battle axe and two cutlasses, saying that they could not give satisfactory account of how they got them.

Glory said that the defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause the breach of public peace.

According to him, the offence contravenes Sections 249(1), 252, 351, 430 (1), 355 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2020.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to six-count charge of conspiracy, assault occasioning harm, possession of locally-made gun and breach of peace.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Babatunde Akanni, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most Liberal terms, pledged that they would not jump bail and that they would produce substantial sureties.

The Magistrate, A. A. Adebayo, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500, 000 each, with one sureties each in like sum.

Adebayo said that the sureties must swear to affidavits of means, reside within the court’s jurisdiction and that their addresses must be verified by the court official.

He also said that the sureties must present their official identification cards, letters of promotion and three recent passport photographs each.

The magistrate, thereafter, adjourned the case till Jan 21, 2021, for mention at the Modakeke Magistrates’ Court.