A traditional ruler, Ikanrede Akeem, has been convicted by a magistrate court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for an assault resulting in harm and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
Ikanarede who is the Baale of Olobi Itoko – Titun, Abeokuta, was also found guilty of leading people suspected to be thugs to eject workers who were working on the property of one Nurudeen Ayorinde, an accountant.
Also, convicted for the same offences along with the Baale, are Sakiru Olamilekan, a professional driver, and Odebiyi Nofiu.
In the suit marked MA/377C/2015 and titled: Commissioner of Police vs Ikanrede Akeem, Sakiru Olamilekan, Odebiyi Nofiu and another still on the run, were accused of the committing the offences on August 22, 2015 at Olobi Village, Abeokuta.
During their trials that lasted for a year before Magistrate E. A. Adekunte, many witnesses, including, Dr. Badmus Tajudeen, a medical doctor at the state Hospital, Sokenu, Abeokuta, who treated one of the victims of the assault by accused persons, took turn to give evidence in respect of the case.
In a copy of the judgement obtained by our reporter, despite the argument of the accused’s counsel that the prosecution failed to prove his case against the accused, the Magistrate court found them guilty of the offences for which they were charged and also convicted them.
And following plea for leniency, the court sentenced Baale Akeem Ikanrede, Sakiru Olamilekan and Odebiyi Nofiu to one year imprisonment or N20,000 fine last July 19.