By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA – A People’s Democratic Party member, Deji Babington-Ashaye was Tuesday, arraigned before a chief Magistrate court in Isabo, Abeokuta for calling a Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu a drugs Baron and jail breaker.
Babington-Ashaye who was reported to have hurled abusive words on Kashamu on “PDP WhatsApp group” known as PDP match to victory was arrested by Police and charged to court for engaging in the act that threatens the peace of the state.
The Prosecuting counsel, Sunday Eigbejiale said the accused committed the offence on between March 13 and 14 ,2016 at about 2:30pm at Opposite community High School , Ogere, Remo in Ogun State magistrate district.
Eigbejiale said, Babington-Ashaye conducted himself in a manner likely to cause the breach of peace by passing insult on Senator Buruji Kashamu on WhatsApp Group known as PDP March to victory.
According to him, the accused called Kashamu drugs Baron and jail breaker, challenging him to go to United States of America (USA) and clear the doubt and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 249 (d) of the criminal code cap 29 Vol.11 laws of Ogun state of Nigeria 2006.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of breaching public peace.
The defence counsel, Bola Oluwole , said, the offence was bailable and asked the court to grant his client bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Oriyomi Ogunfowora, granted his bail in the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand naira ( N250, 000 ) with two sureties in the like sum.
Ogunfowora adjourned the matter till March 30,2016.