Rape trial: More trouble for Osun monarch • Govt to sue him over protest in court
Osun State Government has threatened to institute a suit against the Alowa of Ilowa in Obokun Local Government Area, Oba Adebukola Alli, who is standing trial before a state High Court for allegedly mobilizing people to draw support for him during the hearing of his case on Wednesday.
The monarch is standing trial over alleged rape of Miss Helen Okpara, an ex-corps member who served in his domain between 2010 and 2011.
Oba Alli who had since last year been standing trial over allegation of rape was alleged to have mobilized his subjects, many of who were school children to the court during the continuation of hearing on his case.
The monarch was said to have facilitated and sponsored the protesters who almost disrupted the court hearing with their protests within the court premise.
However, the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Bashir Ajibola, said the state government had concluded arrangements to sue Oba Alli, stressing that the action of the traditional ruler was against the laws of the land.
He noted that the monarch had through his action tampered with the peace of the state, adding that the school children used for the protest were supposed to be in their various schools in Ilowa when they staged the protest in Osogbo.
He disclosed that the state government had no interest in the case of alleged cape of the 23-year-old ex corps member levelled against the monarch as being speculated by some subjects of the traditional ruler. The commissioner said the government would not hesitate to prevent further occurrence of such protest in the premises of the court.
Justice Oyejide Falola on Wednesday adjourned the case till May 21, 2012.
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