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Court imprisons spiritual leader, 5 others over violence, breach of peace in Ondo

Court imprisons spiritual leader, 5 others over violence, breach of peace in Ondo

Justice David Kolawole of the Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure, has sentenced the spiritual leader of Aiyetoro community, in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state, Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe to two years in prison for violence and breach of peace.

BusinessDay reports that the defendants, Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun, were charged with 10-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit felony, malicious damage to property, attempt to murder among other offences over the violence that erupted in Aiyetoro on January 11, 2018.

According to the prosecuting counsel, Babatunde Falodun, from the State Ministry of Justice, the defendants Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun, on or about the 11th of January, 2018 around 9.00 a.m. at Aiyetoro community, Ilaje Local Government in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit: Armed Robbery.

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The charges read; “That you Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun, and others now at large on or about the 11th of January, 2018 around 5.30 a.m. at Aiyetoro Community, Ilaje Local Government in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did rob Ashogbon Omowale in his house of his laptop and a sum of #380,000.00 (Three Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira) and at the time of the robbery you were armed with offensive weapons to wit: guns and cutlasses.

“That you Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun, and others now at large on or about the 11th of January, 2018 around 9.00 a.m. at Aiyetoro Community, Ilaje Local Government in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did rob Temitope Olowodasa of a sum of N270,000.00 (Two Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira) in his house and at the time of the robbery you were armed with offensive weapons to wit: guns and cutlasses.

“That you Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun and others now at large on or about the 11th of January, 2018 around 9.00 a.m. at Aiyetoro Community, Ilaje Local Government in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did rob Igoli Akinlana of four (4) Industrial Sewing Machines valued #800,000.00, four (4) Plasma TV valued #448,000.00 and a cash sum of #635,000.00 in his house and at the time of the robbery you were armed with Firearms and Offensive Weapons such as guns, cutlasses, axes and others.

“That you Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun and others now at large on or about the 11th of January, 2018 around 9.00 a.m. at No. 4, Iretolu Street, Aiyetoro Community in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did maliciously damage 3 (three) industrial sewing machines valued at N600,000.00, 5 (five) manual sewing machines valued at N#250,000.00, Assorted tailoring equipment valued at N42,000.00 and other valuables belonging to Igoli Akinlana.

“That you Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun, and others now at large on or about the 11th of January, 2018 around 9.00 a.m. at No.4, Aiyetoro Street, in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did maliciously damage 7 (seven) doors valued at #82,000.00, 2 (two) Plasma L.G. television valued at #164,000.00, 5 (five) Upholstery and center table valued at N240,000, 16 (sixteen) Almaco glass windows valued at N280,000, 2 (two) circular machines valued at #110,000.00 and other valuables belonging to Tobase Ayoposi.

“That you Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun, and others now at large on or about the 11th of January, 2018 around 9.00 a.m. at No. 68, Palace Close, Aiyetoro, in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did maliciously damage 4 (four) tables valued at #35,000.00, 12 (twelve) Upholstery chairs valued at #350,000.00, 1 (one) electric freezer and stabilizer valued at #155,000.00, 13 (thirteen) glass windows valued at #92,000.00, Enamel plates valued at #30,000.00, Geepee tanks valued at #115,000.00 and other valuables belonging to Akinluwa Rachael.

“That you Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe, Akinluwa Victor, Ikuyelorimi Isaac, Lemamu Lawrence, George Eyekole and Okenla Segun and others now at large on or about the 11th of January, 2018 around 9.00 a.m. at No. 3, Araba Street, Aiyetoro, in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did maliciously damage 3 (three) wardrobes valued at N450,000.00, 14 (fourteen) glass windows valued at N112,000.00, 5 (five) upholstery chairs valued at N280,000.00 and other valuables belonging to Ajimijere Ayodele.

“That you George Eyekole, or on about the 11th of January, 2018 around 9.00 a.m. in the premises of the house of Oba Micah Ajijo at Aiyetoro in the Okitipupa Judicial Division did attempt to murder one Olu Obolo by shooting him with a gun.”

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Justice Kolawole, however, in his verdict, said Ojagbohunmi and his co-convicts were found guilty of three of the 10-count charge preferred against them by the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

The judge, also sentenced George Eyekole to five years in prison with hard labour for attempted murder of Olu Obolo in the coastal community of the State.

Justice Kolawole, who also discharged and acquitted the convicts of armed robbery conspiracy, however, gave an option of fine for count six, seven and eight that related to malicious damage to property.

According to him, they were to pay N300.000.00 each as value for the damaged properties and N50.000.00 as option of fine for the offences committed by the convicts and they were to sign memorandum of understanding to maintain peace in the community.

He, however, said the convicts would be held responsible for any breach of peace in the community if they opted to pay the fine and the fine would be returned in case of violation of the peace accord.