Police arraign three for ‘invading’ Osun monarch’s palace

Police arraign three for ‘invading’ Osun monarch’s palace
Three people were charged by the police on Tuesday for allegedly breaking into a palace and trying to overthrow the king in Osogbo's Osun State Magistrate Court.

Adebayo Mutiu, 40, Sikiru Oloyede, 46, and Habib Oloyede, 28, the defendants, were accused of breaking into the Alawo of Awo's palace with lethal weapons.

A six-count accusation of conspiracy, public peace violation, illegal possession of dangerous weapons, and death threat was brought against them at their arraignment.

The defendants committed the crime in the Alawo palace on August 26 at about 10 a.m., according to police prosecutor John Idoko.

“They invaded the palace of Awo with intent to dethrone the Alawo of Awo, Oba Abdulrazaq Adeboye, and threatened to kill him,” Idoko told the court.

”They wielded dangerous weapons which left some residents of Awo town in a fearful and panic mode,” he added.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened sections 516, 42, 86, 70, and 249 (d) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 vol.11, Laws of Osun State, 2002.

The defence counsel, Kehinde Adesiyan, prayed the court to grant bail to the defendants.

The magistrate, A.A. Adeyeba, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N2 million and two sureties in the like sum.

The magistrate stated that one of the sureties must be a prominent member of Awo town and the two sureties must provide evidence of tax payments and an affidavit of means.

The case was adjourned to October 12, for mention.