A traditional ruler, Baale of Erebe, in the Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State, Olusegun Lawal, escaped death as hoodlums set his ancestral home ablaze.
The accused suspects, Adeyemi Oluwole, Adebola Ogunkoya, and Joseph Fidelis, have all been remanded in the custodial centre in the Ijebu Ode area of the state.
The hoodlums were arraigned on three counts of arson and breach of peace before Magistrate A. Ogunmodede of the Odogbolu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
The charges read in part, “That you, Adeyemi Oluwole, Adebola Ogunkoya, Joseph Fidelis, and others still at large, sometime in September 2022, at Omu Ijebu in the Odogbolu Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit arson.
“That you, Adeyemi Oluwole, Adebola Ogunkoya, Joseph Fidelis and others still at large on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did willingly set fire to the living apartment.”
The traditional ruler was represented in court by his counsel, Olanrewaju Aiyedun.
The police prosecutor told the court that the offences were punishable under Sections 516, 433, and 294 (d) of the Criminal Code Vol. 1 Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.
The prosecutor presented before the court a remand application requesting the defendants to be held in prison.
The defendants’ pleas were not taken.
Ogumodede granted the prosecutor’s request and ordered the defendants to be remanded.
The case was adjourned till April 18, 2023.