By Dayo Johnson
The Olugele of Ugele community in the Akure North council area of Ondo State, Oba Clement Aladesaye, was yesterday docked at a Akure Magistrate’s Court for allegedly sponsoring the destruction of some properties belonging to the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Oba Aladesaye was arraigned on a six count charge.
Properties allegedly destroyed were worth millions of naira.
The prosecution witness said that the traditional ruler entered into the school land to execute the judgment of the state High Court of 2012 which declared him the real owner of the land.
However, the college had challenged the judgment at the Court of Appeal and the appellate court is yet to deliver judgment on the case.
The accused person made no plea to the charges.
His counsel, Dapo Agbede, argued that the court had no power to hear the case because, according to him, there was a subsisting judgment over the matter at the upper court.
The trial Magistrate, Mrs. A.I Ajayi, observed that there were many mistakes in the charge sheet made by the prosecution and ruled that the status quo should remain on the land pending the time the court will rule on the plea of the accused person.
Magistrate Ajayi warned both parties not to cause trouble over the land .
She pointed out, “Since his plea was not taken, I will not remand him (accused person). I will release him until the day of the ruling.”
Ajayi thereafter adjourned the case till July 5, 2017.