Court Remands Oni’s Aide Over Attack On Teachers

Court Remands Oni’s Aide Over Attack On Teachers

Court Remands Oni’s Aide Over Attack On Teachers

Mr. Lere Olayinka, an aide of the ousted governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, was on Tuesday remanded in police custody on the orders of Chief Magistrate Adegboye Richard of the Ekiti Magistrate Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti.

Olayinka was arraigned on a four-count charge of sponsoring a seditious publication against the Ekiti State governor; engaging in conducts likely to cause a breach of the peace; promoting feelings of ill will and hostility between teachers and government of Ekiti and unlawfully inciting teachers against Teachers Development Needs Assessment (TDNA).

He pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges. The dailies yesterday reported the arrest of Olayinka by men of the Nigeria Police at Ola-Oluwa Muslim Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, while attempting to “disrupt the TDNA which was then going on.” He was said to have led a group of suspected thugs to harass teachers who were writing the test by throwing stones at them in the exam hall.

Count one on the charge sheet read: “That you, Lere Olayinka (M), some time in the month of October 2012 at Nova Road, Basiri, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, in the Ado-Ekiti Magisterial District did publish a seditious matter against the government of Ekiti State and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 50 (2) (a) and punishable under Section 51 (1) (c) of the Criminal Code, Cap 77, LFN, 2004. Count two read: “That you, Lere Olayinka (M), on the same date and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause the breach of peace and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Code, Cap (77), LFN, 2004.

Count three stated: “That you, Lere Olayinka (M), on the same date and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did promote feelings of ill will and hostility between the teachers employed by the Ekiti State Government against the Ekiti State Government and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 50 (2) (d) and punishable under Section 51 (1) (c) of the Criminal Code, Cap 77, LFN, 2004.

The fourth charge read: “That you, Lere Olayinka, on the same date and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully incite the teachers employed in the service of the government of Ekiti State against the TDNA exam and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 50 (2) (b) and (c) and punishable under Section 51 (c) of the Criminal Code, Cap 77, LFN, 2004.

The prosecution counsel, Joseph Onaji, urged the court to adjourn the case to allow more time for meaningful conclusion of ongoing investigation.

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