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The police in Oyo State have
arraigned a former federal lawmaker, Mr. Kamil Akinlabi, who represented Oyo
Federal Constituency in the National Assembly between 2007 and 2015, over an
alleged defamatory publication against the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola
Adeyemi III.

The publication alleged that Oba
Adeyemi was responsible for most of the criminal activities in Oyo town such
as, rituals and planting of bomb in Oyo town.

Akinlabi was, however, arraigned
before Oyo State High Court sitting in Oyo town 
on the alleged libellous publication. He was arraigned along with two
Oyo traditional chiefs, Jacob Oluokun 
and Ishola Ajiboye before Justice Bayo Taiwo.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. J.I.
Ebusereme, preferred four-count charge of conspiracy, misdemeanour, defamation
and attempted breach of peace against the defendants. The first count alleged
that the defendants and others now at large on January 31, 2016 committed an
act of conspiracy, demeanour with and defamation of character.

The second count alleged that they
published a defamatory statement in a national daily (not Daily Sun), which
alleged Oba Adeyemi to have committed a crime and bombing of the environment.
The third count stated that the accused on the same day conspired to commit
demeanour capable of breaching the peace of the society. The suspects were also
accused of conducting themselves in a manner capable of breaching peace and
tranquility in Oyo town.

However, the accused pleaded not
guilty to all the charges preferred against them.

The defence counsel, Abiodun
Abdulraheem, who relied on a point of law, applied orally for a bail for the
accused, noting that the accused came voluntarily to court based on their
personality. He prayed the court to grant them bail with liberal condition
because the first accused was a former federal lawmaker and the other two
accused are aged 78 and 71 years, saying the offence against his clients was bailable.

But the prosecuting counsel,
Ebusereme, opposed the oral application for bail on the grounds that the
application for bail should be formal, saying: “We are opposing the bail
because it was orally applied for and bail conditions should not be based on
personality and age of the accused. They should be made to face the law. We
pray the court for an accelerated hearing.”

The presiding judge, Justice Bayo
Taiwo, however, granted the accused bail based on self-recognition and for
voluntarily coming to the court without been served. He adjourned the case to
August 30 for hearing.

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