CRIMINAL DAMAGE: Six Sowore Supporters Granted Bail
Policemen had on Sunday, December 9, 2018, arrested six members of TAKE IT BACK movement for tearing posters of other political parties and replacing them with that of the presidential candidate of the AAC, Omoyele Sowore.
The police immediately charged the suspects to court to make them scapegoats for others intending to commit the same offence.
The six AAC supporters pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge levelled against them; which are – “conspiracy to commit felony to with criminal damage to property, criminal damage to property of Jimi Agbaje by tearing up his campaign posters on Awolowo House Fence and breach of peace by tearing campaign posters of other political parties and replacing them with AAC presidential campaign posters”.
The defence counsel, Taiwo Olawale, told the court that the members of the AAC were only pasting posters at night.
He argued that the police are simply using the instrument of
the state to harass his clients because their party is not one of the big parties.
But the police counsel would have none of that. He told the magistrate that the suspects where indeed caught in a criminal act, “which will be determined in trial.”
After hearing statements from both the prosecuting and defence counsels, the judge said that the offence was a bailable one.
“This court is not ready for any trial. This is a bailable offence. I hereby grant bail in the sum of 50 thousand naira each, with one responsible surety”.
She adjourned hearing till February 4, 2019.
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