At a Magistrate Court sitting in Ile-Ife, Osun State on Thursday, an alleged assault case filed against five students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) turns against the management of the Institution.The police had on March 21 2018 arraigned the students on three-count charge of misdemeanor, breach of public peace and assault.
The presiding Magistrate, Ishola Omisade, put a stop to the case filed against Yedeji Samson, 20; Gbenga Oloniniran, 22, Jimoh Oladipupo, Adeniji John and Olajide Ademola by the police after counsel to the accused persons, Oladeji Olalekan admonished the Magistrate to discharge his clients and strike out the case for lack of diligent prosecution.
The Magistrate reiterated that the case has undergone several adjournments and needed to be struck out even though the prosecutor, O.I. Philip tried to persuade the court by stating the fact that the students had committed an offence that contravened Sections 249 (D), 351 and 517 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The students pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties.