By Dayo Johnson
A former Special Duties Commissioner in the immediate past administration in Ondo State, Mr. Boye Adegbemisoye and two others were yesterday charged before a Chief Magistrate Court for armed robbery and stealing.
Adegbemisoye was one of the cabinet members of the immediate past Governor, Olusegun Agagu before the Court of Appeal sacked him last year.
Other charged alongside Adegbemisoye in a two count charge include Uzor Godwin and Mrs. Afunso Mojisola.
According to the prosecution counsel, Omomowo Emmanuel said the accused on 17 February 2010 conspired together to commit felony â€œto wit armed robbery contrary to and punishable under section 6 (a) of the robbery and fire arms (Special Provisions) Act, LFN, 2004.
They were accused with others at large to have robbed Ondo State Asphalt Company Ltd, the key to the Asphalt machine valued at N250, 000, property of Ondo State Asphalt Company Ltd while armed with firearms and others dangerous weapons to wit guns, sticks, and bottles.
The prosecution counsel pointed out that the second count is contrary to and punishable under section 1 (2a and b) of the robbery and firearms (Special Provisions) Act, LFN, 2004.
The Chief Magistrate, B. J Akinwumi who did not take the plea of the suspects said the Magistrate court has no jurisdiction to entertain the charges.
Akinwunmi said what he could do was to hold the accused on pending charges pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP.
The prosecution counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Omomowo had asked the court to give him some few weeks within which to get the Director of Public Prosecutionâ€™s advice since the magistrate court has no jurisdiction.
Akinwumi refused the long adjournment and ordered that the duplication of the case file should get to the DPP on Monday while the legal advice should be out within two weeks.
The trial Magistrate advised the counsel to the accused, Mr. Wale Omotoso to apply for bail for his clients at the High Court.
The Court has, however, fixed the next two weeks for the mention of the case.
Meanwhile, Adegbemisoye in a chat with newsmen at the court premises alleged that he was being persecuted over the ownership of his company which was incorporated in 1999.
According to him â€œUntil 2002 when I joined politics to contest as the local government chairman of Ileoluji/Okeigbo local government I have been the chairman of the TNR Industries which dealt with earth moving machines and quarry business.
He added that he had been sent packing from his company since 2 March 2009 and all efforts to get his company back had been frustrated by the police.
Adegbemisoye said, â€œit would be wrong for the government to accuse him of trying to rob a company which he founded with loans from banks and his earnings from other endeavour he had engaged himself for over 30 years.