MAPOLY Students, Others Arraigned, Granted Bail for Attempted Murder

No fewer than 17 persons, including some students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ogun State, were Thursday arraigned for attempted murder.
The were arraigned at Magistrate Court I, sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital,
Other charges, according to the suit filed against them, with case number MA/838c/2017, included unlawful assault, vandalisation of vehicles and obstruction of peace.
The accused persons were alleged to have attempted to kill one Police officer, Daniel Samuel, by inflicting injuries with an iron on his forehead.
They were also accused of unlawfully assaulting another officer, Bola Alonge, and prevented him from executing his official duty; disturbance of peace and vandalisation of MAPOLY Hilux Vehicle.
According to the charge sheet, the accused person committed offences contrary and punishable under Sections 516, 320, 356(1)(2)(3)(4)(5), 69 and 451 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State, 2006.
Leading the submissions on an oral bail application, Bunmi Adelabu argued that none of the offences was punishable by death.
Citing Section 118(2) of Criminal Code, Adelabu argued that justice must be done in the case not only judicially according to the law, but also judiciously according to the fact before the court.
She further explained that most of the accused persons were victims of circumstances, who had nothing to do with the protest for which they were arrested.
She told the court that the second accused person, Oyero Oladotun, is an NYSC member serving in Oyo State, while three others were arrested during training.
Delivering her ruling, Chief Magistrate Adeola Adelaja granted the accused persons N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
One of the sureties must be a civil servant not less than Level 10 or a responsible community leader, who must be residents within the jurisdiction of the court.
The sureties must also show evidence of tax payment to the government of Ogun State in the last two years.
She further ordered the Police to release some seized items including a bike, an iPhone 7, two Samsung phones, among others, to the accused persons.
The case was adjourned till February 2.

Author: News Editor

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