Police charge Adedayo on two -count charge, gets bail

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Following a petition filed by the Ogun state government, the former Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government, Wale Adedayo, has been charged to court on a two- count charge before the Magistrate Court in Isabo, Abeokuta.

Adedayo who had  accused the governor, Dapo Abiodun, on stealing the statutory federal funding allotted to the state’s 20 LGs also  filed a petition with the EFCC requesting that Abiodun be investigated for the claims.

The petition titled “Petition against Wale Adedayo’s deliberate circulation of falsehood, false report to government, threat to life and interference with the exercise of executive function,” was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi.

The two-count charge read “That you Hon. Wale Adedayo ‘m’ on the 27th August 2023 at Abeokuta in the Abeokuta Magisterial District did unlawfully publish circular to the public, a letter addressed to the former Governor of Ogun State and Elder Stateman, Aremo Olusegun Osoba ‘m’ in which you accused the present Governor of Ogun State: Prince Dapo Abiodun ‘m’ of hijacking Local Government funds which you knew was false allegation and likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb the public peace, knowing or having reason to believe that such statement is a rumour and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 59(1) of Criminal Code laws of Ogun State, 2006.

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“That you Hon. Wale Adedayo ‘m’ on the same date and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District did unlawfully publish circular to the public, a letter addressed to the former Governor of Ogun State and Elder Stateman, Aremo Olusegun Osoba ‘m’ in which you accused the present Governor of Ogun State; Prince Dapo Abiodun ‘m’ of hijacking Local Government funds (ten percent (10%) of the State Internally Generated Revenue which the Constitution stipulate should go to the Local Government(s) since May, 2019 which you knew was a false allegation and likely to injure the reputation of the Governor by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule or to damage him in discharge of his office and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 375 of Criminal Code laws of Ogun State, 2006.”

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Kayode Akinsola, the Defendant Counsel, filed for bail on behalf of the accused, claiming that the alleged charges are bailable and inspector Olaide Rawlings, the Prosecutor, did not object to the bail application.

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Magistrate A.K Araba granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with two’responsible and reliable sureties’ in the same amount.

The sureties, according to Araba, must own landed property that is tax-cleared and must reside within the court’s territorial jurisdiction.

However, the Magistrate mandated his detention at the Ibara Correctional facility in Abeokuta, pending the fulfilment of the bail requirements.

The case was adjourned till October 20, 2023.

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