Former Chairman of Ijebu East local government council, Mr. Adewale Adedayo, has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Abeokuta on Tuesday over a petition filed against him by the state government.
The petition, titled “Petition against Wale Adedayo: deliberate circulation of falsehood, false reports to the government, threat to life, and interference with the exercise of executive function,” was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi.
He was arraigned on a two-count charge in a charge sheet marked MA/429c/2023.
The charges read:
“That you, Hon Wale Adedayo, on the 27th of August, 2023, at Abeokuta in the Abeokuta Magisterial District, did unlawfully publish a circular to the public, a letter addressed to the former Governor of Ogun State and Elder Statesman, Aremo Olusegun Osoba ‘m’, in which you accused the present Governor of Ogun State; Prince Dapo Abiodun ‘m’, of hijacking local government funds, which you knew was a false allegation and likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or disturb the public peace, knowing or having reason to believe that such statement is a rumour and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 59 (1) of Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State, 2006.
“That you, Hon. Wale Adedayo ‘m’, on the same date and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District, did unlawfully publish a circular to the public, a letter addressed to the former Governor of Ogun State and Elder Statesman, Aremo Olusegun Osoba ‘m’, in which you accused the present Governor of Ogun State; Prince Dapo Abiodun ‘m’, of hijacking Local Government funds (ten per cent 10%) of the State Internally Generated Revenue, which the Constitution stipulates should go to the local governments since May 2019, and you knew it was a false allegation likely to injure the reputation of the Governor by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule or to damage him in the discharge of his office, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 375 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State, 2006.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the two charges.
The prosecuting counsel, Inspector Roliu Olaide, stated that five witnesses would be called during the trial.
While the counsel to the defendant, Mr. Kayode Akinsola, applied for the bail of Adedayo, in line with the provision of Section 265, that the defendant is innocent of the charges until proven otherwise.
He argued that the defendant had no criminal record and that he (Adedayo) was not likely to jump bail if granted.
Akinsola said, “The defendant has no criminal record whatsoever. He has been honouring all invitations from the police and DSS. I urge the court to grant him bail.
We want to believe that the prosecution team has concluded their investigation, and that is the reason why we are in court. Hence, the defendant cannot interfere with whatever they might want to do.
“I urge the court to admit the defendant to bail, who will be willing to stand trial.”
The prosecuting counsel did not object to the bail application.
Magistrate A.K. Araba, in her ruling, admitted Adedayo to bail with the sum of N2 million and two ‘responsible and reliable sureties’ in like sum.
The sureties, according to the Magistrate, must be residents within the jurisdiction of the court and must possess landed property with evidence of a Certificate of Occupancy and tax clearance.
She, therefore, remanded him at Ibara Correctional Centre, Abeokuta, pending the perfection of the bail conditions.
The case was adjourned till October 20th, 2023, for trial