- Not less than 28 persons have been arraigned before the Osun magistrate's court
- They were arraigned for allegedly burning a police station
- The accused who pleaded guilty have been granted bail
Following the incidents that led to the burning of a police station on Friday, August 24, in Iwo local government of Osun state, not less than 28 persons have been arraigned before the magistrate's court.
Recall that NAIJ.com reported that angry youths set Osun police station ablaze and protested against alleged killing of a resident, Tunde Nafiu, by members Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police operatives.
A report by Premium Times has hereby revealed that about 31 residents were arrested a day after the incident and were accused of conspiring to set ablaze a police area command office and its quarters which resulted to unlawful damage of police patrol vehicles with Reg. No NPF 446D, NPF38C, SAS05, NPF 7619 and other valuable items.
According to the prosecuting officer, Inspector Mustapha Tajudeen, items destroyed were said to include: two AK47 rifles and one riot gun, an SUV Jeep with registration number GGC 281 GE valued N3.4 million, a pair of police camouflage, three pairs of police uniform, one shirt, jeans, and a cash sum of N23,000.
He added that the offences are punishable under section 383 of the criminal code cap 34 vol.11, Laws of Osun, 2003.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty of over 17 charges levelled against them by the prosecutor.
In her judgement, the magistrate, Falilat Sodamade, admitted the accused persons to bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with one surety each. The case was adjourned till October 8, 2018.
NAIJ.com previously reported, in an incident similar, that some irate youths in Zurmi town, Zurmi local government area of Zamfara attacked the community police station, demanding that officers should hand over the three suspected bandits arrested by the army to them.
The public relations officer of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Gusau on Sunday said the police station was attacked on Saturday evening.
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