Court Detains Former Ogun Local Government Chairman Accusing Abiodun of Diverting Funds

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The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, has arraigned the impeached Chairman of Ijebu-East Local Government, Wale Adedayo, over a letter he wrote to Aremo Olusegun Osoba against Governor Dapo Abiodun.

Adedayo had in a letter to former Governor Osoba accused Abiodun of diverting funds meant for local governments in the state.

Although Governor Abiodun vehemently denied the allegations and got apologies from other council chairmen, Adedayo was later impeached by the councillors in Ijebu-East.

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Adedayo, who was arrested by the police on Monday, has since been arraigned at the Customary Court 2 in the Isabo area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

At the court on Tuesday, the prosecutor, Inspector Olaide Rawlings, told the Magistrate that Adedayo defamed Abiodun with his letter to Osoba.

In the two-count charge, it was said, “That you Hon. Wale Adedayo ‘m’ on the 27th August 2023 at Abeokuta in the Abeokuta Magisterial District did unlawfully publish a circular to the public, a letter addressed to the former Governor of Ogun State and Elder Statesman, 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.”

The counsel to the defendant, Kayode Akinsola, prayed for the court to grant his client bail, promising that the defendant would not jump bail if granted and would honour all conditions attached to the bail application to which the prosecuting counsel, Olaide Rolly, did not object.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge proffered against him.

Delivering her judgement for the bail application, the presiding judge, A K Araba, admitted the defendant to bail of N2 million and two sureties with landed properties, among others within the jurisdiction of the court.

The case has however been adjourned till October 20 for the next hearing while the defendant has been remanded at the Ibara Correctional Centre in Abeokuta.

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