Drama As Warders Hold Police And Journalists Hostage
A drama at the premises of magistrate court sitting in Akure, Ondo state on Monday created a dust of confusion that nearly plunged the state capital into unrest.
Billows of anger and furrows of agitation filled the premises as prison officials held police officers, journalists and chief magistrate hostage for more than one hour.
The bone of contention was who would take custody of the factional King of Aiyetoro town, in Ondo State, Oba Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi.
The monarch, who was standing trial at the magistrate court over alleged crimes, was granted bail with the sum of one million naira with two sureties by the presiding judge, Justice Bode Adegbehigbe.
Drama ensued when prison official refused to release the accused to the police who claimed that Ojagbohunmi still has a pending criminal case on which he is being investigated.
In the likeness of Nollywood acting, the two Federal agencies had to slug it out in a heated argument which prompted the prison warders to lock everyone inside the court yard.
A journalist with one of the national dailies who was among the hostages related the scene what ensued.
"The Warders actually brought the accused to court from their prison.
"He was granted bail but the bail conditions had not been met. So, they had every reason to keep him, but police would not listen to that argument.
"They wanted to take him away. So if after their investigation and they couldn't established their allegations against him, what will now happen? Will they release him without fulfilling the condition? That was the problem."
The presiding judge however was of the opinion that he should be remanded in prison custody till the bail conditions are met, claiming that the prison officials have the remand warrant while the police do not have the arrest warrant.
It was gathered that it took the intervention of some state executives and senior police officers to reconcile the warring parties and eventually allow the prison warders take his custody.
Ojagbohunmi is standing trial over alleged attempted murder, arson, unlawful assembly and illegally parading himself as the monarch of the coastal town in Ondo State.