Looting: Court remands 69 Osun residents

Looting: Court remands 69 Osun residents arrested after Gov’s amnesty deadline elapsed

By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Arrested residents on the floor
Arrested residents on the floor
For failing to embrace the amnesty offered by the Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola following the looting spree witnessed in the state, no fewer than 69 residents have been docked.
The affected Persons were arrested with looted items by the Police. They were said to have ignored the amnesty offer that lasted for three days.
Arrested residents and their loots in Osogbo
Arrested residents and their loots in Osogbo
The State Police Command arraigned  the 69 suspected looters at the Osogbo Magistrate’s Court.  All 69  have been remanded at Ilesa Correctional Centre.
However, eight suspects are still under investigation.
The suspects were charged to court over their involvement in the destructive invasion, vandalism and looting of public and private properties across the State.
The suspects appeared before Magistrates Ayilara Olusegun,Ajiboye B. O., Oloyede O. A. and Awodele M.O. on Friday, Monday and Tuesday.
Suspected looters and the stolen items
Suspected looters and the stolen items
It will be recalled that last Tuesday, the Osun State Police Command announced that it had  made arrests in connection with the looting spree across the state, adding that investigations were ongoing on the suspects’ culpability.
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According to the Special Adviser to the Governor of the State of Osun on Security, Mrs Abiodun Ige, the 69 persons that were tried have been remanded in the Custodian Centre, Ilesa, adding that those who embraced the State Government’s offer of amnesty were pardoned according to Governor Oyetola’s promise.
Some of the arrested residents
Some of the arrested residents
 Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had promised amnesty to those who returned looted properties in their possession within a 72-hour time frame while those caught with looted items after the amnesty window closed would face the full might of the law.
Ige also stated that the law enforcement agents are working with the government to further maintain peace and stability within the State.

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