Alleged rape of corps member: Oba docked, released on bail

The premises of the Osun State Magistrate Court, Osogbo, was tensed yesterday at the resumed sitting of the court on the case of rape of a corps member levelled against Alowa of Ilowa town, Oba Adebukola Ali. Oba Alli was arraigned before Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode on March 30, for allegedly raping a 23-year-old corps member (names withheld), at his Osogbo residence on March 25. The monarch, who was arraigned before Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode, was, however, released on bail. But when the case came up for mention yesterday, legal personnel from the Legal Aid Council, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) stormed the court to hold watching brief for the complainant. Legal Adviser to the NYSC, Mr. Ahmed Tijani Ibrahim, led the teams from the NYSC and Legal Aid Council while Mr. Abdul-Mumin Khalid from the attorney-general’s office, represented the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. The rape victim was also in the courtroom alongside her colleagues, who were also serving in the state. She wept intermittently as glances were passed at her. Interestingly, when the case was called up, the presiding magistrate, Justice Ijiyode, announced his decision to transfer the case to the chief magistrate, saying the laws setting up the Magistrate Court gave him no jurisdiction to handle the case. “The best for me is to have a transfer of the case. The complainant and the accused need not be disturbed with this development. I am constrained by the jurisdiction and laws that set up the court,” Magistrate Ijiyode stated. He lamented that he would have loved to handle the case in view of the uproar it had generated in the media and also sure of where the case would end. By 11.35a.m, the case came up before the Chief Magistrate, Justice Akinwumi Makanjuola, where a one-count charge of rape was levelled against the monarch. The charge sheet read thus: ‘That you, Oba Adebukola Ali, on or before 25th March, 2011 at Rasco Housing Estate, Osogbo, did unlawfully have canal knowledge of one Helen Opara without her consent by means of threat and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 357 and 358 of the Criminal Code, Vol 11, Laws of Osun State 2003.” After taking the plea of the monarch and a fresh oral bail application filed by his lawyer, Mr. Tewo Lamuye, the presiding judge released the monarch on bail. But the three hours ordeal was not a palatable experience for the Alowa as he was sweating profusely in the courtroom and occasionally wiping his face with his handkerchief. At the Ijiyode’s court, the monarch experienced the embarrassment of his life as the judge ordered him to remove his cap while heading for the dock. He promptly complied. But at the Chief Magistrate Court, all efforts by the police orderly to the judge to make the accused monarch remove his cap fell on deaf ears. He bluntly refused the police order. In his brief ruling, Magistrate Makanjuola granted the bail application of Oba Ali’s lawyer in the sum of N250,000 and two sureties in like sum. The sureties, the court stated, must sign to affidavit of means and produce tax receipt of three years while the police must investigate their residential and official addresses. Further hearing into the case was adjourned to August 11. via Daily Sun Read more:http://www.gbooza.com/page.html#ixzz456 http://www.gbooza.com/group/crime/forum/topics/alleged-rape-of-corps-member#ixzz1MmbCeohs

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