Recently, the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has brought charges against one Paul Oyewole before a Chief Magistrate Court in Ondo town. The accusations revolve around his alleged threats to kill Magistrate Mrs Mosunmola Ikujuni.
The defendant, Paul Oyewole, was apprehended by the state police and charged with two counts related to this incident.
During the court proceedings, the police prosecutor, Bernard Olagbayi, presented the case, indicating that the defendant committed the offences on July 21, 2023, in Oka, Ondo town, Ondo State.
The charges against Oyewole assert that he wrote a threatening letter to Magistrate Mosunmola Ikujuni, stating his intent to harm her if she did not heed his warning. Additionally, he is accused of attempting to influence the magistrate by offering money or a recharge card in exchange for a favourable outcome in a case in which he was a defendant.
The charges brought before the court read as follows: “That you, Paul Oyewole, on July 21, 2023, at Oka, Ondo, in the Ondo Magisterial District, did write a threat letter to kill his worship, Magistrate Mosunmola Ikujuni, if she refuses to listen to your warning and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 323 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol. 1 Laws of the Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.”
“That you, Paul Oyewole, on the same date, time, and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, corruptly promised to give Magistrate Mosunmola Ikujuni money or a recharge card to favour you in a case with charge number MOD/21c/2023, Commissioner of Police vs Paul Oyewole, in which you are a defendant, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 98a(b) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.”
The defendant entered a plea of not guilty to these charges. In her ruling, the magistrate, Charity Adeyanju, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500,000. Additionally, she required two sureties to provide the same amount of bail. The case has been adjourned to November 16, 2023, for further proceedings and a hearing.
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