The Osun State Police Command on Thursday arraigned 28 persons before an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court over their alleged involvement in burning down a police station in Iwo, Osun.
Those arraigned were Raheem Adewale, 26, Lateef Oluwafemi, 28, Ishola Jimoh,19, Kazeem Rafiu, 31, Kabiru Mudashiru, 35, Ajayi Michael, 18, Wasiu Suleiman, 40, Adeyemi Buhari, 25, Matthew Tochukwu, 26, Tella Akeem, 36, Kamali Dudu, 25, Arioye Saheed, 25, and Adeniyi Muhammed, 23.
Others are Bashiru Mutairu, 38, Muhammed Abdulrahrem, 25, Peru John,30, Ibrahim Adeyemi,39, Kamaru Adisa, 50, Isamatu Ahmed, 23, Saheed Adisa, 51, Adetoye Wasiu, 50, Alao Timileyin, 18, Obele Adeyemi, 23, Jimoh Sadiq, 26, Adiamo Abdullahi, 23, Obele Adekunle, 36, Oladunjoye Isaac, 30, and Owoade Yekini, 20.
Insp Mustapha Tajudeen, the Prosecutor, told the court that the accused persons allegedly committed the offences on August 24 at 10:30 pm, at Iwo.
The Prosecutor said the accused conspired among themselves to set ablaze a Police Area Command office and its quarters which led to unlawful damage of Police Patrol Vehicles with Reg. No NPF 446D, NPF38C, SAS05, NPF 7619 and other items.
Tajudeen alleged that the accused persons also damaged two AK47 rifles and one riot gun as well as an SUV Jeep with registration number GGC 281 GE Valued N3.4 million.
The prosecutor said the suspects also assaulted one Sgt Ogundipe Kolawole, inflicted injuries on him and also stole some electronic gadgets which were valued at one million Naira.
Tajudeen said a pair of police camouflage, three pairs of police uniform, one shirt, jeans, and a cash sum of N23,000 were carted away by the defendants.
Tajudeen said the offences committed contravened sections 516,443, 451,,356,70, 69,71,390 punishable under section 383 of the criminal code cap 34 vol.11, Laws of Osun, 2003.
After the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty to the 17 counts bordering on conspiracy, assault, breach of peace, unlawful damages, theft, and a threat to life.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Taofeeq Telowogbade, prayed the court to admit his clients’ bail on the most liberal terms.
After listening to the prayers, the Magistrate, Mrs Falilat Sodamade, granted the prayers of the defence counsel and admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 each with one surety each in the like sum.
Sodamade ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and show evidence of two years tax payment to Osun government.
The also ordered that the sureties must submit three passports photographs to the court registrar and provide affidavits of means after which she adjourned until October 8 for a mention.