The Police on Tuesday substituted the charge preferred against 24 members of staff of the University of Osun who were arraigned over alleged unlawful assembly and breach of the peace.
The defendants are all facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful assembly and breach of public peace.
The defendants are Hadiyat Kadir, Olabiran Olayinka , Odeniyi Olakunle, Tiamiu Qowiyu, Adefemi Lateef, Olayinka Oluwafemi, Abiodun Olalekan, Isaiah Fayemi, Ogunleye Yewande, Raji Kareem.
Others are Adeleke Ismail, Ojeleke Fisayo, Ojoniyi Temitope, Owó Ahmed, Lawal Dauda, Olokooba Ajani, Dada Kunmi, Adewuyi Saheed, Adebayo John, Lawal Kabiru, Adekanye Sola, Ajulo Adetunji, Eweje Timi ,Kayode Adesoye, Adeyemo Olusola and Ojeniyi Temitope .
The Prosecutor, Insp Olayiwola Rasaki, told the court that the defendants, who are both academic and non academic staff of the institution, committed the offences on Nov. 22, 2018 at about 7.00am at the university’s main campus at Oke-Baale, Osogbo.
Rasaki said the defendants conspired among themselves and unlawfully gathered to disrupt the peace of the university.
He said the accused persons blocked the entrance into the university, preventing students and visitors to the institution from gaining access to the premises.
” The accused persons used different kinds of cars to block the entry of the university which led to breach of public peace and later scared away students and dignitaries and other invited guests coming into the campus,’’ Rasaki said.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 518(5), 70, 249(3) and 71 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. 11, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
The defence counsel, Mr Amole Adekunle, had prayed the court to allow his clients continue with the bail conditions which was earlier granted on Feb. 1 ,2018.
The Magistrate, Mr Taofeeq Badmus, ordered that the defendants should continue to enjoy the bail earlier granted to them.
The case was adjourned till Jan. 20, 2020 for hearing.