The crisis rocking the Osun State All Progressives Congress (APC) took a new dimension today as core loyalists of former State Governor and current Minister of the Interiors, Rauf Aregbesola were arraigned for alleged hooliganism.
Those arraigned are current Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Rasaq Salinsile and former Chairman of the party, Adelowo Adebiyi and five others have been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court.
Other persons who were also arraigned; former Commissioner for Works and Transports, Kazeem Salami, former Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Com. Biyi Odunlade, former Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Hon Idowu Korede, one Alaba Popoola and Azeez Adekunle.The suspects are leaders of a caucus group in the Osun chapter of the APC called The Osun Progressives.
The defendants were charged for assault occasioning harm and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 516 and 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. Il laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.
According to the charge sheet, the defendants were on August 14, at about 1:30pm at Ogo Oluwa, Osogbo allegedly assaulted one Hamzat Lukman Babatunde by hitting him with stones on his head.
The stalwarts of APC were also charged for allegedly assaulting another person, Ajetumobi Muldeen by hitting him with parts of broken plastic chairs on his head, which caused him harm
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge labelled against them.
The defence counsels, N. A Adediran and Abdulfatai Abdulsalam sought their bail.
Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara admitted the bail of the first two defendants with the sum of 5 million and one surety who must be a civil servant while the 3rd to 7th defendants were admitted to bail in the sum of N5 million and self-recognition.
The case was adjourned till September 24 for mention.