Dele Olugbemi, a former Speaker of Ekiti House of Assembly, and one Tajero Adebayo have been arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday, on a four-count of conspiracy, fraud, attempted murder and threat of violence.
At the initial hearing, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Saka Afunso ordered Olugbemi, 48, and Adebayo, 42, to be remanded in the Ado-Ekiti Correctional Centre pending the issuance of legal advice until the next hearing.
Inspector Caleb Leramo, the Police Prosecutor, had earlier told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. and on May 31 at 10:30 p.m. in Ado-Ekiti.
Leramo said the defendants threatened violence against and attempted to murder one Chief Ogunyemi Aluko and another person. He said the offences contravene Sections 421, 329(1)(a), 241(a), and 46 of the Criminal Law of Ekiti, 2021.
He said the complainant in his statement to the police stated that one of the defendants threatened him by saying, “I am a factional leader of Oodua People’s Congress in Ekiti State.”
“Hon. Olugbemi collected a sum of N400,000 from me under the pretence of recruiting 80 members of my group into Western Security Network, code-named ‘Amotekun’ at N5,000 per member, but none of them was shortlisted into the corps.
“When I requested a refund of my money, he started using his former office to threaten to deal with me.
“On May 31, he came to my house at 10:30 p.m. with four boys who were armed with guns, cutlasses and broken bottles.
“I was beaten mercilessly, and I sustained injuries to my head before I narrowly escaped from the scene,” the victim’s statement read.
Leramo prayed the court to remand the defendants to a correctional centre, pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.
The pleas of the defendants were, however, not taken.
The presiding magistrate adjourned the case till July 3 for mention.