Osun monarch - Oba Ade-bukola Alli cleared of abduction allegation, to face rape char
Osun State monarch, the Alowa of Ilowa in Obokun Local Government, Oba Ade-bukola Alli, who is stand-ing trial before an Osogbo High Court for alleged rape of a former youth corps member, Miss Helen Okpara, as the court dis-missed three out of the four count charge pre-ferred against him. At the resumed hearing of the case, Justice Oye-jide Falola ruled that the monarch has no case to answer as regards the alle-gations of kidnap; assault and deprivation of liberty. Falola who said that the prosecution has not ten-dered any proof to support the three allegations, how-ever ruled that the mon-arch must defend himself on the first count, which is the allegation of rape.
While overruling the monarch’s application of a no case submission on the rape allegation, the judge ordered the accused to ap-pear before the court to de-fend himself on how he got the consent of the victim, before making love to her.
His words: “The ac-cused person has set up a defense of justification by confessing to have made love to the victim on count one, I overruled the no case submission, but sus-tained the no case submis-sion on count two, three and four.”
Meanwhile, the accused person has flayed the state government for suspend-ing 35 students of Ifelodun Grammar School, Kiloru who were at the court to protest against his trial penultimate week.
The monarch, who spoke through his counsel, Mr. Taofeek Tewoga, said that the suspension order slammed on the students was unfair, adding that the action could jeopardise the future of the students.
The state government had, last week, suspended 35 students of the school owned by Ilowa communi-ty and five other towns for staging a protest within the court premises while they were supposed to be in their various class-rooms.
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