The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday, arrested a former Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ogun State, Niyi Osoba and his associate, Lukman Ejalonibu, popularly known as Ejalon.
Niyi Osoba and Lukman Ejalonibu, who are reported to be loyal foot soldiers to a former House of Representatives member, Ladi Adebutu were arrested based on the complaints lodged against them by Austin Oniyokor, the Media Adviser to a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State and a former senator representing Ogun East, Senator Buruji Kashamu.
It was gathered that Austin reported Osoba and Ejalonibu for threats to life when he replied their various publications wherein they assassinated the character of his principal, Buruji Kashamu.
However, they have been arraigned at the Magistrate’s Court in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on a four-count charges. Immediately the case was called, counsel to both parties reported their appearance.
Apart from the Police prosecutor, Oniyokor’s private counsel, Mr. Tunde Ologunde and his team, were also in court to hold watching brief on behalf of their client.
The defendants pleaded not guilty after listening to their four-count charges. Their counsel prayed the court to grant them bail on liberal terms because of their status within Ijebu Ode.
Unfortunately, the Prosecution counsel opposed the bail application, saying their status in the society was unknown to law.
In the wake of taking contentions from both the prosecution and defence counsel, the court allowed the defendants bail with two guarantees to the tune of N500,000 each with proof of tax payment and a developed property inside the purview of the court which are to be verified by the court officials.
Apparently, the court ordered that the Niyi Osoba and Lukman Ejalonibu should be remanded at the Ijebu Ode Area Command of the Police pending when the bail conditions are perfected.
The court thereafter adjourned till 2nd July, 2020, for definite hearing of the matter.