The absence of Justice Oyejide Falola,of Osun State High Court, stalled the hearing of the alleged rape case of an ex-member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Hellen Opara by the Alowa of Ilowa, Oba Adebukola Alli, on Wednesday . The judge was said to have attended the swearing-in ceremony of the 2012 Batch ‘B’ members of the NYSC deployed to Osun State.
Alli, through his counsel, Taofeek Tewogbade at the last sitting, asked the court to grant him a leave to appeal the decision of the court that the traditional ruler has a case to answer.
Justice Falola had ruled that the accused traditional ruler has a case to answer, and that he should appear before the court to explain how he gained the consent of the lady, whom Alli had confessed made love to and that both of them enjoyed the intercourse.
Tewogbade had informed the court that his client had filed a motion on notice for leave to appeal the decision of the court, and Alli was compelled to open his defence against the charge of rape leveled against him by the ex-corps member, who served in his domain, in 2010.
The prosecution counsels, led by the Director of Public Prosecution in the state, Dapo Adeniji, had told the court that he would be filling a counter-affidavit to the application of leave for appeal made by the defence, and therefore, urged the court to adjourn the case, in order for him to furnish the court with the application against the notice for appeal.