Son of Olosunjela of Osunjela Ijesa, a traditional ruler in Osun State, OlaKunle has been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court over alleged advance fraud related case.
The suspect, who is also a Commissioner II in the Osun State Local Government Service Commission was arraigned alongside one Rasheed Bakare, identified as an in-law to the monarch.
Police Prosecutor, Mr Solomon Idoko who brought the accused to the court pleaded that the court should take the plea of the suspect for the trial of the case to commence.
Mr Idoko told the court that the accused were part of the syndicate involved in the alleged conspiracy and obtaining huge amount of money by false pretense from the majority leader of the Osun State House of Assembly Leader, Mr Timothy Owoeye.
However, counsel to the suspect, Mr Mohammed Shitu opposed entertaining the charges by the magistrate court for lack of jurisdiction.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mr Segun Ayilara reserved ruling over jurisdictional issue in entertaining the charges and ordered that the two suspect be remanded in police custody pending determination.
He adjourned the case till Friday, October 12, 2018 for further hearing.
Earlier, the court adjourned the trail of Kazeem Agbabiaka, Femi Oyebode, AbdulRasheed Ojonla Babatunde Oluajo Adebiyi Kehinde, Oseni Oyebanji Oyeniyi Ismaila Azeez, and Awodunmola Kehinde till October 24, 2018 for mentioning.
The accused persons were alleged to have obtained by force and pretense, the sum of N38 Million from the Majority Leader of the Osun State House of Assembly Mr Timoty Owoeye between the month of April and July 2018 at Oluajo area of Osogbo.
They were also accused of intent to defraud Owoeye under the pretence of organizing spiritual cleansing for him to avert death and hereby committed an offense contrary to section 1 (1) (A) (B) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Free Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.
According to the charge sheet, the accused were armed with dangerous weapon like guns UTC axe and cutlass to rob Owoeye, there by committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 1 (2)(a) of the robbery and fit arm special provisions act 2004.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Badmus Kazeem urged the court not to take plea of the accused for lack of jurisdiction and urged the court to consider the bail application taking into cognizance the liberty of the suspects who have been in prison custody for over a month.
Mr Moses Faremi, Chief State Counsel, from State Ministry of Justice had earlier sought the leave of the court to take over the case from the police which was granted by the court.
Presiding Magistrate Segun Ayilara in his ruling adjourned the case till October 24 and ordered that the suspect should be remanded in prison custody.