Oyo labour leaders arraigned for alleged assault on SSG
Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State, Waheed Olojede, and six others were yesterday arraigned before an Ibadan Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly disrupting the state education stakeholders’ meeting.
Those arragned with Olojede were Sikiru Bayo, Titilola Sodo, Oseni Aderemi, Oparinde Kehinde, Falade Akinyele, Ogundeji Kofoworola and Adegbogun Titi.
They were accused of assaulting the Secretary to the State Government, Ismail Alli, destruction of government property, disruption of stakeholders’ meeting, assaulting the participants, unlawful assembly and acts capable of breaching public peace.
The labour leaders, who were arraigned before Magistrate A.A Adebisi, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The accused persons, according to the charge sheet read by the prosecutor, M. A. Ojeah, were alleged to have threatened the Governor while addressing the forum, caused bodily harm to the SSG, destroying chairs valued at N1 million, disturbing public peace and assembling in an unlawful procession to the Oyo State Government Secretariat carrying Nigeria Union of Teachers banners and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 88 of the Constitution.
The defence counsel urged the court to grant the accused persons bail, saying their offenses were bail-able.