In a recent development, the renowned Oloko of Oko land, Oba Solomon Akonola Oyeyode III, along with 14 other individuals, has been remanded in Abolongo Medium Security Prison by the Oyo State High Court in Ogbomoso. The court’s decision came after allegations of continuous violent attacks, attempted murder, and land-grabbing.
The defendants, including Chief Sunday Aderinto, Chief Jimoh Asimiyu, Timothy Aderinto, Matthew Akintaro, Rafiu Ganiu, Adejare Adeleru, Samson Ogunmola, Zachiaus Adeleru, Kamorudeen Ajibade, Raji Rasaq, Mutiu Arowosaye, Oyeyemi Oyelekan, Olusegun Oyelekan, and Sheriff Adio, were remanded based on a complaint by Dr. Isaac Abiodun, who was reportedly attacked again by the defendants at Aagba village.
Justice K.A. Adedokun expressed concern over the latest violent attack on Abiodun and emphasized that Oba Akinola’s failure to maintain peace disregarded the warning given during the initial court hearing on November 16. As a result, the judge ordered the defendants to be remanded and scheduled a hearing for their bail application on November 27.
The defendants are facing a 29-count charge, including attempted murder, conspiracy, rough handling, robbery, stealing, damaging of property, forceful entry, and assault. The incidents allegedly occurred on multiple occasions in 2021 at Aagba in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State.
It is worth noting that the Oyo State High Court previously warned Oba Akinola and his supporters to refrain from any misbehavior related to the case. The judge expressed respect for the traditional institution but emphasized that he would not hesitate to take action if there were reports of misconduct.
The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges, and their counsel, M. O. Folounsho, has applied for their bail.