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An Ogun state Magistrate court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta has on Thursday, ordered that twelve men suspected to be involved in the setting ablaze of the state’s deputy speaker’s office and vehicles be remanded in prison custody.
The suspects include; Azeez Lawal(42), Isiaka Aderoju (35), Seun Adenuga(23), Tajudeen Ogundele (37), Lateef Ogundele(28),Ganiyu Tohibu (23),Abu Abiola(21),Kolawole Timothy (20),Akinleye Waliu(24),Egbede John (28),Anthony Aboy (25) and Olumide Micheal 25.
The suspects were arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, arson, conspiracy to commit felony and attempted murder.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Bale Nimnan told the court that defendants committed the offence on the April 21st at about 7:30pm in Ifo local government area of the state.
Nimnan alleged that the defendants and others at large went to the office of the deputy speaker, Hon. Oluomo Olakunle set it ablaze along with five vehicles on ground.
He said “The defendants burn down two Mercedes 1414 Buses valued N14m, one Mercedes I415 bus valued N9m, one Isuzu Luxurious bus valued N11m, office building and electronics valued N7m total valued N41m belonging to Hon. Oluomo Olakunle the deputy speaker of Ogun state.”
Prosecutor also added that the defendants also attempted to kill one Adesina Olasunkanmi and one Azeez Abiodun by cutting them with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons on their head and other parts of their body.
According to him, the offence committed is contrary to and punishable under section 320(2),324,443(a)516 of the criminal code Laws of Ogun State 2006.
The defence counsel Mr Adeyemi Razaq pleaded with the court to admit the defendants to bail with the promise that they will attend their trial.
The Magistrate Olakulehin Oke, however, refused their bail application and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution and that the matter be transferred to the High court.
The case was adjourned till July 2 for mention.