BY GBENGA OLARINOYE, Oshogbo
The embattled Alowa of Ilowa-Ijesa, in the Obokun Local Area of Osun State, Oba Adebukola Alli who is standing trial over alleged rape of a 23-year-old member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who served in his domain could not appear in court yesterday consequent upon his ill-health.
At the resumed sitting of the court at an Osogbo Magistrates court on yesterday, Counsels to the accused monarch, Messer Victor Opara, Sunday Atofarati and Miss Ogonnaya Elekwachi brought an application before the court seeking for the vacation of the order of the court dated 1st of July, 2011 that remanded their client in prison custody.
The leading counsel, Mr. Opara informed the court that the sickness of Oba Alli took a dramatic turn in the wee hours of Saturday, 2nd July and the doctors on duty diagonised Bladder retention (inability to urinate) which resulted in unprecedented pain for several hours.
According to him, consequent upon the discovery, the suspect was rushed to the Wesley Guild Hospital in Ilesa where he was rejected and transferred to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife for comprehensive medical care.
To convince the court on his claim, a medical report with ref. no. OAUTHC/HR8/VOL.XXIII/62OP from OAUTHC dated 6th July, 2011 which was referred to the head of the Ilesa Prisons and signed by one Dr. R.A. Adebayo, a Consultant Physician and Cardiologist was presented.
The medical reports read in part: “Oba Alli was referred by Ilesa Prison medical team on 2nd July, 2011 with an assessment of partial stroke to rule out Diabetic Coma. Upon further review, we made an assessment of Hypertensive Heart Diseases and the blood pressure is now well. He was also reviewed by our consultant neurologist with a provional diagnosis of Cerebrovascular disease for which he is on physiotherapy and other treatment modalities”
However, the state prosecuting counsel, Mr. Olufemi Adedokun did not oppose the application and the medical report but stressed that the defense have not adduced any substantial reason for the vacation of the earlier court order. He added that the monarch now have ample access to efficient doctors and left the decision to the court discretion.