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OPC chieftain collapses during trial

By Gbenga Ariyibi
The Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Ekiti State, Prince Niyi Adedipe who is facing criminal charges at the State High Court is now critically ill, as he is currently lying at the University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) Teaching Hospital after he reportedly collapsed during his trial.

Adedipe has had a running battle with the state government for sometime, and was subsequently charged to court about a year ago for an alleged kidnapping and armed robbery.

Adedipe who is currently standing trial in the court over an allegation of conspiracy, kidnap and robbery was ordered by the trial Judge, Ayo Daramola to be taken to the hospital when his health began to decline.

The OPC chietain was taken out of the court yesterday after his persistent cough which disrupted the court proceedings and rushed to the emergency section.

A visit to the University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti yesterday by Vanguard revealed that the OPC leader was being guarded by the prison officials.

But he managed to comment on his present ordeal to our correspondent, even as he appealed to Engr Segun Oni-led government to temper justice with mercy, as he was not ready to die in prison.

“I have been told now that I had chronic ulcer and I could not even eat well. I have suffered enough in the prison. Please help me to tell the governor that I didn’t want to die in remand. I know we have not been good friends before but we cannot continuing to fight forever. This is my humble appeal to Mr governor,” Adedipe lamented.

He said a little misunderstanding between him and his estrange follower,one Saheed Alade landed him in his present mess.he however thanked the judge for granting him relief for medical attention.

The OPC chief had his legs chained to his bed in the hospital when our correspondent visited the hospital.

Adedipe was arrested in Ado-Ekiti over a year ago after he allegedly kidnapped his former aide ,Rasheed .His case has been adjourned till August 6 this year

It may be recalled that Adedipe had admitted that he once lied against the former governor of the state, Mr Ayo Fayose over the killing of Dr Ayo Daramola, saying he was made to lie against Fayose by some people who wanted to get the former governor out of office at all cost.


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