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Court orders Aregbesola’s lawyer remanded in prison

By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
Judge of the Chief Magistrate Court, Life-Camp, Abuja, Lamido Mohammed yesterday ordered that lawyer to Action Congress governorship candidate in April 2007 elections in Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola, Yinka Okedara be remanded in Kuje prison until July 16th 2009 over the forged Police report that was tendered by Aregbesola’s legal team at the court of appeal, Ibadan.

The order for Okedara’s detention came  on the heels of disclosures that the lead counsel to Aregbesola, Kola Awodein (SAN) who was schedule to report to the police at force headquarters according to the bail bond signed by his lawyer, Akin Olujimi, former Justice minister, may be declared wanted.

The former Justice minister on his part, reportedly told the police that he was embarrassed by the failure of Awodein to report to the police as agreed.

While arguing the case for detention of Okedara, the Investigating Police officer, Superintendent of Police, B Asogwa who charged the lawyer for Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery and Using as Genuine Forged document contrary to Section 97 (2), section 364 and section 366 of the penal code, noted that “Okedara and others at large did dishonestly or fraudulently make or forge a final security report with the intention of causing it to be believed that such report was made by the Nigeria Police force”

“And did use the said report at governorship and legislative election tribunal, Oshogbo and at court of appeal, Ibadan and thereby committed offences of criminal conspiracy, forgery and using as genuine forged document”.

The IPO said Okedara should not be released on bail “because if given bail, he will not come back since the other suspect who was granted bail by the police is employing all antics to evade justice”.

Recall that lead counsel to the Action Congress governorship candidate in the April 2007 election in Osun State, Chief Kola Awodein (SAN), was on 22nd, June 2009, quizzed for over eight hours by the  Special investigation team set up by the Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro to unravel those behind the forged Police report that was tendered at the Court of Appeal by Engr. Rauf Aregbesola.

He was later released on bail to Chief Akin Olujimi, former Attorney General of the federation who stood as counsel to Chief Awodein.

Chief Olujimi’s presence Vanguard had reported, followed fears by Engr. Aregbeola’s camp to the fact that the lead counsel may be detained over the matter as a result of the suspected dilly-dallying allegedly employed by the lawyers over the matter.

Recall that before reporting to the police for investigation the police had invited the Action Congress legal team in the forgery matter but they had one way or the other failed to appear giving excuses which led to the police authorities preparing other means to get these actors for interrogation.

The Police had planned to swoop on certain persons in both Lagos and Osun states in connection with their refusal and trickery to appear before the investigation team.

The investigations followed the Appeal court judgment which ordered a retrial of the case brought by the AC candidate Rauf Aregbesola, challenging the decision of the Osun State Elections tribunal to declare Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola as winner and Chief Oyinlola’s petition to President Umaru Musa Yar’adua over the discovery that the Police report tendered in the case at the appeal court which swung the judgment that the case be retried was a forged police report.


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