A 35-year-old man, Wasiu Tijani, and two others were on Monday remanded in the Ilesa Custodial Centre an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly beating up a monarch in his palace.

EyewitnessMedia gathered that Tijani, alongside 35-year-old Tairu Akangbe and 30-year-old Samad Mutairu were said to have stormed the palace of the Alabudo of Abudo, Egbedore Local Government Area of the state, Oba Morufu Olawale, and assaulted him.

The trio were also accused of beating up labourers working at the palace of the Alabudo, as the police prosecutor, Kayode Asanbe, said they were arraigned on two counts of breach of peace and assault.

Asanbe explained that the incident occurred on February 20, 2021, when the defendants stormed Abudo, near Awo, and went to the palace of the monarch and beat him up.

According to him, the defendants acted like hoodlums and conducted themselves in a manner that caused a breach of peace in the area as they used cutlass to slap the monarch and beat up labourers working in the palace.

The offences were said to have contravened sections 249 (D) and 351 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 34 Vol II. Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges as their counsel, Mr S. Okgi, prayed the court to admit them to bail, but the prosecutor opposed the application.

In his ruling, the presiding magistrate, Isola Omisade, ordered that the defendants be remanded in the Ilesa Custodial Centre and adjourned ruling on the bail application till Thursday, February 25, 2021.

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