For allegedly arming themselves with charms and knife to disrupt an election organized by the National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS), two students of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree have been arraigned in a Magistrate Court in Osogbo.

The two students, Oyebamiji Amos (20) and Atilola Lukman (22) were alleged to have conspired and engaged themselves in a manner capable of causing breach of public peace as they armed themselves with various charms and knife during the students’ election held on Sunday.

According to police prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun, the incident occurred on September 15 at about 10:15am at the premises of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) press centre in Osogbo.

The charge sheet read in part: “That you, Oyebamiji Amos and Atilola Lukman on September 15 at about 10:15am at NUJ secretariat, Osogbo during the National Association of Osun State Students’ election in the Osogbo Magisterial District did conspire and conduct yourself in manner likely to cause the breach of public peace by arming yourselves with assorted dangerous charms and knife.”

Abiodun averred that the duo committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 517 and 249 (d) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.

But Oyebamiji and Atiola pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge preferred against them and their counsel, Messrs Reginald Ngwu and Taiwo Awokunle urged the court to commit them to bail, stressing that they were innocent of the alleged crime until the contrary was proved.

The Magistrate, Mr. Olusola Aluko granted bail to each of the accused persons in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each and adjourned the case till November 1.

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