A traditional ruler in Odo-Onosa Village inLagos, Chief Jimoh Balogun and two others were yesterday arraigned before a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere, over alleged armed robbery and rape.
The other accused persons, Morufu Adekoya and Adefowope Kazeem, along with the Baale, are standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, armed robbery and rape preferred against them by Lagos State.
The trio, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.
The three accused and others still at large, who were arraigned before Justice Raliatu Adebiyi’s court, were alleged to have ‎conspired to commit the offence on March 26, 2014, at about 10:30am at Odo-Onsa at Epe area of Lagos State.
The Lagos State prosecuting counsel, Babatunde Oguntemowo informed the court that the accused persons while armed with a gun and other offensive and dangerous weapons robbed one Adeomi Ayomide of her wristwatches, three laptops and a sum of N272,000.
He also informed the court that the accused persons also robbed one Korede Fayibo of a television set, one DVD player, unspecified amount of money and other valuables.
Oguntemowo also alleged that the accused persons raped one Adeomi Ayomide after robbing her of all her valuables‎ on the said date above.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, are contrary to and punishable under sections 297, 295 (2) (a) and 258 of the criminal law of Lagos state 2011.
The prosecutor further urged the court to adjourn the matter and remand the defendants in prison custody in view of their plea of innocence.
Counsel to the defendants, A. O Omodele told the court that the defendants had a bail application dated September 23, seeking the order of the court to grant bail to Adekoya and Kazeem, who are already at Ikoyi prison pending the final determination of the matter.
He also asked the court to grant bail to the Baale on self recognition, as on the day of the incident, he was at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s office, adding that the case before the court was purely on land dispute.
He said, “There has been dispute over ownership and control of the entire land at Odo-Onosa Village, via Agbowa Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area via Ikorodu for the past five years. The defendants are residents and indigenes of Odo-Onosa,” he said
Omodele also stated that on the day of the incident, the Baale and Adekoya were at EFCC’s office in respect of a petition they wrote against Chief Jibowu Faibo as to the fraud he perpetrated on the sale of the family land at Odo-Onosa village.
Omodele further stated that Adefowope Kazeem was arrested at his place of work in the community.
In his submission, the prosecutor urged the court to dismiss the bail application of the defendants, stating that there was a prima facie case against the defendants.
In her ruling Justice Adebiyi granted the Baale bail on self recognition while she granted the other two defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
The case has been adjourned till January 18 and February 2, 2016, for trial.

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