By Richard Eromosele
EKITIâ€”An octogenarian, Chief Meshach Otunlape and one Akinwumi Adekeye have been arraigned on a six-count charge of forgery and impersonation before an Aramoko Ekiti Magistrate Court, Ekiti State.
They were accused of allegedly issuing an unauthourisedÂ letter, announcing the appointment of Olu of Ipole-Iloro to cause disaffection in the community.
Otunolape, the Ogboni of Ipole-Iloro, the second in command to the Oba, and Akinwumi Adekeye, an official of the Ekiti West local government area were further accused of conspiracy and forgery to mislead both the government and the people of the community that an Oba has been appointed for the town, in order to cause disaffection among the people of the town.
The two accused person who were arraigned before Magistrate A. A. Omotoso, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the police prosecutor, PC Enabulele, the two men conspired with another man at large and â€œdid make a letter dated February 25, 2010 with the inscription â€˜Ekitikalesibe ruling houseâ€™, knowing it to be false and with intent to mislead the Ekiti state government in selecting the Olu of Ipole-Iloro Ekiti and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 465 and punishable under section 467 of the criminal code cap 30 Vol. 2, Laws of Ondo state of Nigeria 1978 as applicable in Ekiti state.â€