February 4, 2023

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Osun polls: EFCC docks 4 over ‘vote shopping for’


Ilorin zonal command of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, (EFCC), in Kwars state, Monday, arraigned 4 individuals for alleged bribery of voters to safe victory  for  the incumbent governor of Osun state, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola for a second time period in workplace.

The offence in accordance with EFCC, had been allegedly perpetrated throughout the governorship election held within the state on July 16, 2022.

They’re Adeyemo Bahiru Abiodun, Abidogun Ismail, Jimoh Kazeem and Yekini Nurudeen Abiodun

The suspects had been arraigned Monday, October 24, 2022 earlier than Justice Mathias Agboola of the State Excessive Courtroom, Oshogbo, Osun state.

The suspects had been arrested on July 16, 2022 by operatives of the EFCC at completely different polling models following credible intelligence that the defendants had been buying and selling vote for money to induce voters to vote Governor Oyetola for a second time period in workplace.

Particularly, Adeyemi, Abidogun and Jimoh had been arrested at polling unit 002, ward 2, Ababu, Isale Osun, whereas Abiodun was picked up at Unit 2, Isale Agbara, Oshogbo.

The audacious transfer by the EFCC is to verify the apply of vote shopping for and different monetary inducements that undermine the integrity of our elections. You will need to state that those that supply bribe for votes are as responsible as those that obtain such gratifications throughout elections.

Whereas the cost of Adeyemo, Abidogun and Jimoh had been consolidated, Yekini was prosecuted on a separate cost earlier than the identical court docket. 

The cost in opposition to the trio of Adeyemo, Abidogun and Jimoh reads: “Conspiracy to bribe opposite to part 121 (5) and punishable below part 121 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2022

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Particulars of the offence learn out had been “Adeyemo Bashiru Abiodun, Abidogun Ismail and Jimoh Kazeem on the sixteenth of July 2022 in Oshogbo throughout the jurisdiction of this Honourable Courtroom conspired to corruptly make financial items to voters at unit 2, ward 2, Isale Odun, Oshogbo, Osun state to be able to induce them to acquire the return of Mr Adegboyega Oyetola to an elective workplace of the governor of Osun state on the Osun state gubernatorial election”

For Nurudeen, the Cost reads: “bribery opposite to Part 121 (1) (a) and punishable below Part 121 (1) (d) of Electoral Act,  2022

Particulars of the cost said that “You Nurudeen Abiodun on sixteenth July, 2022 at Oshogbo throughout the Judicial Division of this Honourable Courtroom corruptly made financial present to voters at Pilling Unit 002, Ward 8, Are Agbo Isale Agbara to be able to induce them to acquire the return of Adegboyega Oyetola to an elective workplace of Governor of Osun State Gubernatorial Election of sixteenth July, 2022”

The defendants pleaded not responsible to the cost.

Upon their pleas, Sesan Ola and Andrew Akoja who prosecuted the instances for the Fee requested the court docket to repair a date for listening to and remand the defendants within the Correctional Middle pending trial.

In response, the defence represented by N. T Adekilekun and M. O Sambo by way of respective oral functions prayed the court docket to confess the defendants to bail.

 They argued that the defendants had earlier been granted court docket bail by a Kwara State Excessive Courtroom, Ilorin and had not breached the phrases. 

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The defence counsel assured that the defendants would at all times be obtainable in court docket to face their trial.

Opposing the bail software, the prosecution counsel contended that electoral offences are grievous crimes and the court docket to think about the load of the proof earlier than it and the prevalence of the offence.

In his ruling, Justice Agboola granted the defendants bail within the sum of N2million with one surety every in like sum. The surety, who should not be beneath Grade Stage 13 within the State Civil Providers, should deposit their Identification card with a latest passport {photograph} to the Registrar of the court docket. 

Thereafter, the 2 instances had been adjourned until November 21 and 28, 2022 for graduation of trial.