Contempt Of Court: 6 Remanded

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Six persons have been remanded in prison by the Ota Chief Magistrate court for contempt.

Joshua Jideme, 65, Afolabi Jideme, 65, Josa Jideme, 65, Idowu Kwayenu, 75, Jacob Jideme, 20 and Ahmed Jideme, 75, were alleged to have ignored the judgment of the court sitting in Ota, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, to vacate the land measuring over 10,000 acres after possession of the land has been executed in January 2011. They were also alleged to have denied the rightful owners of the land access to the property.

P.M.NEWS learnt that the suspects later went to the High Court at Ota to challenge the judgment of the Customary Court Grade II, Ado-Odo Ota, asking the court to quash the judgment of the lower court but lost the case before a warrant for possession was obtained by the real owners of the land. The warrant was said to have been executed on 11 January, 2011.

After all attempts to recover the said land by the rightful owners failed, a complaint was lodged at Sango Police Command and a detachment of policemen was sent to effect the arrest of the six men who are predominantly of the Egun tribe.

On the day of their arraignment in court, they all pleaded guilty to the charges read to them and the case was adjourned till 11 Agusut, 2011 by the presiding magistrate while they were remanded in prison.

However, when the case came up on 11 August, 2011, five of the men pleaded not guilty while one of them, Idowu Kwayenu, told the court that the complainants have exenorated him from the case, which the complainant denied before the magistrate.

After the short drama, the six men were admitted to bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties in like sum. The sureties, the magistrate, E. A Akan said, must be civil servants on Grade level 10 in Ogun State while the case was adjourned till 13 September, 2011.

The suspects were ordered remanded in prison pending when they fulfil their bail conditions as attempts by their counsel to make the magistrate detain them in police custody failed.

The complainants, however, warned those who have interest in the land to contact the family agent, Otunba Kehinde Adeosun, on the following numbers, 08083816898 and 08033487620, to avoid being duped.

—Yusuf Muhammed

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