Abdulrazaq O Hamzat
A traditional ruler, Oba Daniel Dada, the Elogosi of Egosi who is currently being prosecuted along with 7 others for criminal charges at the Magistrate court in ilorin, has attempted to murder his opponent, Mr. Kunle Ayodele who is a petty trader in Egosi Community.
On Tuesday, 5th of November, 2013, a case between the petty trader, Mr. Kunle Ayodele, of Elegosi compound in Egosi community, Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State who had previously sought protection of the police to save him from alleged continued harassment, assault, illegal arrest and threat to life by a traditional ruler, Oba Daniel Dada, the Elogosi of Egosi along with seven others commenced at the magistrate court in Ilorin, the kwara state capital.
However, after the accused persons which include Oba Daniel Dada, the Elogosi of Egosi and 7 others were granted bail and the next hearing date fixed for December 10, 2013, the accused persons were alleged to have employed other means of eliminating the complainant to prevent further prosecution.
On the 7th of November, 2013, the petty trader, Mr. Kunle Ayodele was attacked in Omu-Aran community around first bank area at about 7pm and was beaten till the attacker presumed him dead.
According to investigation, the attackers which numbered 4 descended heavily on the victim with dangerous weapons until he fainted and stopped breathing, so they assumed he was dead.
When the attackers had departed, some good Samaritan helped convey the victim to Ola-Olu clinic & maternity, a nearby hospital which saved his life.
After coming back to life, Mr. Kunle Ayodele explained that, he was attacked by the same people who were in court with him 2 days ago.
According to him, as I was walking home around 7pm on thursday, a blue Camry car with plate LFF-A129-almost hit me from behind and I was struggling, but before I stand firm to complain, another motorcycle parked behind me and 3 people which include Mr. John Amuda, Yomi Adeniyi and Kunle Adesina of whom were accused person in court) came down, questioning why I went ahead to take them including the traditional ruler, Oba Daniel Dada to court after several warning. I looked inside the Camry car which flashed its light to us conveying 4 people, 3 of whom were parts of the accused. They include, Chief Gbenga Ashaolu, Chief Lasisi Joseph Adeniyi and others
I was surrounded by the attackers and a voice from inside the car shouted, do it quickly and don’t waste our time. So, they descended on me with various weapons until I found myself at the hospital. Mr. Kunle said.
Upon hearing the narration of the victim, the proprietor of Ola-Olu hospital, Dr. S.O requested him to call his family, but this was when he realized his phone and shoes were missing. He however knows the wife’s number of head and the doctor helped dial it to inform her of the husband’s condition.
The wife who had already informed the police about her missing husband a day before was informed of her husband’s condition and she quickly went back to the police station to inform them of the situation. Some police officers were assigned to accompany her to the hospital and they took his statement. They also went with the wives to the crime scene and they retrieved his lost mobile phone, his shoes and some weapon used to perpetrate the crime as evidence.
Confirming the incident in a medical report, signed by chief S.O, Ola-Olu clinic & maternity stated that, ‘’This is to confirm to you that Mr Kunle Ayodele was rushed to our clinic at about 7;30 pm in an unconscious stage on 7th November,2013.’’
The report further stated that, ‘’people who were at the scene of incident who assisted to bring him to our clinic said, he was beaten with wood on his head and when the attackers departed, they rushed him to our clinic’’
It also added that, He was immediately admitted and several injections and other treatment were administered on him before he later regained consciousness, adding that, he was discharged today (9th November,2013).
The Assistant Commissioner of police, Mr Tajudeen Bakre stated that, the case has been formally reported to his office.
According to him, before the case was initially taken to court, it was first referred to department of public prosecution DPP, which gave the recommendation that it should be taken to court. He assured that, the police would get to the route of the matter and ensure justice.
It would be recalled that, eight accused persons including Oba Daniel Dada were accused of criminal conspiracy, intimidation, assault, mischief and theft contrary to section 97(1), 397, 266,327 and 288 of the penal code .
A petition originating from Temitope Chambers of 26, Zulu-Gambari GRA, Ilorin, signed by Barrister Abiodun Dada on behalf of Mr. Kunle Ayodele, alleged that on 16/03/2013 at about 00:00hrs, Kunle Adesina , John Amuda , Idowu Alufoge and Yomi Adeniyi led by Chief Gbenga Ashaolu, Chief Lasisi Joseph Adeniyi and Chief Ashaolu Folaranmi, all of Egosi Ile town, all armed themselves with dangerous weapons such as axes, cutlass and woods and attacked Kunle Ayodele (complainant) aka Kunle Alaja and his wife in their house, ordering them to obey the order of the Elegosi of Egosi Ile, HRM Oba Daniel Dada, by vacating the Egosi town immediately and when he refused, they descended heavily on him . In the process, his property such as television set valued at about N35, 000, one big stove, ne Thermocool flask and clothes were destroyed. It was alleged that the sum of N285,000 was also carted away.
Investigation by the State CID Ilorin revealed that the assailants allegedly acted on the instruction and directives of Oba Dada, the Elegosi of Egosi Ile to attack the complainant. However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.
The prosecutor representing the complainant, Corporal Abideen urges the court to remand the accused persons pending the completion of the investigation by the state CID, arguing that, allowing the accused go freely may jeopardize the investigation.
However, counsel to the accused, Mrs. Oluronke Adeyemi pleaded for their freedom, urging the court to grant them bail on self recognition. Mrs Adeyemi argued that, the Oba and his chiefs have always honoured police invitation which signifies there respect for the law, adding that, they are the custodian of their community and remanding them may not be at the interest of the community.
The court granted them bail and fixed December 9 for continuation of the case.
The complainant is also asking for N5million as compensation for general damages caused him and his business by the actions of the monarch