Osun rerun: Diekola slumps in court

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Mr Fatai Oyedele, popularly known as Diekola slumped in court on Wednesday when police brought him and other accused persons to be arraigned before a magistrate’s court in Osogbo.

Diekola, Segun Adekilekun and Sikiru Lawal, who were arrested by the police on September 24  shortly before the governorship rerun election held in the state were brought to the court to be arraigned by the police but Diekola’s ill health stalled the arraignment.

The three accused persons were released some days ago following an exparte order obtained by their counsel.

After  calling the accused persons, they stepped into the dock. Diekola who has plaster on his hand which suggested he was probably being administered intravenous drip slumped and his co-accused persons rushed to save him inside the dock.

The accused person who looked very pale and sick was given a chair and the Magistrate, Mr Olusegun Ayilara, ruled that he could not hold Diekola, who according to him was dying, in the court because of his ill health.

Ayilara said, “I can’t hold a dying person in my hands, take him away. Are you saying I should take the plea of a dying man?”

He asked the prosecution counsel, Felix Okocha and the defence counsel, Mr Bukola Onifade, to agree and pick a new date for arraignment.

The magistrate adjourned till November 23 for plea taking to allow the accused person to treat himself.

– Oct. 11, 2018 @ 10:13 GMT |

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