By Imam Moromoke
The Kwara State Police has arraigned the 6 arrested sunset workers at the Ilorin magistrate court 8.
It would be recalled they had been arrested at the government house yesterday while protesting their disengagement from the civil service by the Kwara State Governor.
The embattled sunset teachers who were arraigned before Magistrate Awolola Abioye and the Police First Information Report (FIR) which reads
“Criminal conspiracy, disturbance of public peace, inciting public disturbance, disobedience of order duly promulgated by public servant, failure to comply with restriction order imposed by the government contrary to section 97, 113, 114, 152 (B) of the penal code and regulation 17 paragraph (1) (I) of the Kwara State Infectious diseases (emergency prevention) regulation 2020 on 17/02/2021, the above captioned case was transfered from the Department of Operations, Kwara State Police Command of the Nigerian Police Force, Ilorin to the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.
” That you Isiaka Toyin Ibrahim (m) of Alanamu area Ilorin, Mohammed Salihu Olayinka (m) of No. 20 Owowami compound Alanamu area Ilorin, Salahudeen Abubakar (m) No. 7 Oke-Ose compound Oke Suna area Ilorin, Ibrahim Alabi (m) Federal Housing Estate, Ilorin, Adewale Abdulazeez (m) of No. 17, ganiki phase 11, Sango Ilorin and Aransiola Olubukun (f) of Gaa Akanbi area, Ilorin, all conspired with other persons who are now at large while protesting on Ahmadu Bello way, Ilorin Kwara State, defiantly blocked both lanes of the road and all peaceful efforts to get you off the road proved abortive, resulting in the obstruction of the road and grinding to a halt the free flow of vehicular and human traffic, thereby disturbing public peace and inciting public disturbance.
“Furthermore, during the course of the protest, you breached government regulations prohibiting the large gathering of people in public places without the use of face mask and the maintenance of social distancing in contravention of the State Governor’s executive order.
” Discreet investigation carried out by the SCID revealed that you, Isiaka Toyin Ibrahim (m) of Alanamu area Ilorin, Mohammed Salihu Olayinka (m) of No. 20 Owowami compound Alanamu area Ilorin, Salahudeen Abubakar (m) No. 7 Oke-Ose compound Oke Suna area Ilorin, Ibrahim Alabi (m) Federal Housing Estate, Ilorin, Adewale Abdulazeez (m) of No. 17, ganiki phase 11, Sango Ilorin and Aransiola Olubukun (f) of Gaa Akanbi area, Ilorin indeed conspired with other persons who are at large to commit and did commit the said offences by sitting down on both lanes of the road and blocking the said Ahmadu Bellow way, Ilorin on 17th Feb, 2021 at about 1200hrs, thereby grinding to a halt free flow of vehicular and human traffic and gathered without regard for social distancing in contravention of the executive order on the prevention of the spread of covid 19″ it added
The prosecutor, Inspector Adewumi Johnson, urged the court to remand the suspects so as to prevent them from committing similar offence or hinder police investigation into the matter.
The suspects’ counsel, Ibrahim Akewusola, however urged the court to disregard submission of the prosecutor on the basis that the suspects are still presumed innocent until contrarily proven.
Magistrate Awolola Abioye, who presided over the matter, granted the defendants bail in the sum of #200,000 thousand naira, two sureties each in which one of them must be blood relation that possess landed property within the jurisdiction of the court and a civil servant while the matter was adjourned to 4th of next month.