An Ogun State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Abeokuta on Tuesday remanded the former Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Area of the state, Wale Adedayo, in prison
Magistrate A.K Araba ordered that Adedayo be kept behind bars after he was arraigned before him by the police over allegations he made against Governor Dapo Abiodun of diverting statutory Federal Allocations of all the 20 LGs in the state.
The state police command claimed that his arraignment followed a petition written by the state government over the allegations.
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.
Adedayo had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), seeking Abiodun’s probe on the allegations.
He was later suspended by seven councillors from the LG following allegations against the governor.
He was later arrested and grilled for three days by the Department of State Security (DSS), Ogun Command, in Abeokuta.
He was impeached on September 14 by five out of the eleven Councillors in the LG.
Operatives of the Police command arrested him on Monday at Ijebu-Ife and moved him to the Police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta.
On Tuesday, he was arraigned on a two-count charge before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta.
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 the 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 a 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.
“That you, Hon. Wale Adedayo ‘m’, on the same date and place in the Magisterial above District, did unlawfully publish the 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 per cent (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.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, and his lawyer, Kayode Akinsola, applied for his bail, arguing that the offences allegedly committed by his client are bailable.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Olaide Rawlings, did not object to the bail application.
In his ruling, Magistrate Araba admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N2 million with two ‘responsible and reliable sureties’ in like sum.
Araba also directed that the sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and must possess landed property with tax clearance.
He, however, ordered his remand in the Ibara Correctional facility, Abeokuta, pending perfection of the bail terms.