Six protesting ‘sundown academics’ arrested by the police on Thursday appeared earlier than an Ilorin Justice of the Peace court docket.

The First Info Report, FIR, sheet learn; “Felony conspiracy, disturbance of public peace, inciting public disturbance, disobedience of order duly promulgated by a public servant, failure to adjust to restriction order imposed by the federal government opposite to Part 07,113,114,152 (B) of the Penal code and regulation 17 paragraph (1) (1) of the Kwara state Infectious Illnesses (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020, on 17/02/2021.

The cost sheet mentioned ” The above-captioned case was transferred from the Division of Operations, Kwara State Police Command of the Nigerian Police Drive, Ilorin to the state legal investigation division for discreet investigation.

“That you just, Isiaka Toyin Ibrahim (m) of Alanamu space, Ilorin, Mohammed Salihu Olayinka, (m) of No 20 Owowami compound, Alanamu space, Ilorin, Salaudeen Abubakar (m) No 7, Oke Ose compound, Okesuna space, Ilorin, Ibrahim Alabi (m) Federal Housing Property, Ilorin, Adewale Abdulazeez (m) of No 17, Ganiki section 11, Sango, Ilorin, and Aransiola Olubukun (f) of Gaa Akanbi space, Ilorin, all conspired with different individuals now at massive whereas protesting on Ahmadu Bello Means in Ilorin, Kwara State, defiantly blocked each lanes of the street and all peaceable efforts to get you off the street proved abortive ensuing within the obstruction of the street and grinding to a halt the free circulation of vehicular and human site visitors, thereby disturbing public peace and inciting public disturbance.

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“Moreover, throughout the course of the protest, you breached authorities’s rules prohibiting the massive gathering of individuals in public locations with out the usage of face masks and upkeep of social distancing in contravention of the state governor’s government order.”

In line with the FIR, a discreet investigation carried out by the SCID revealed that the suspects “Certainly conspired with different individuals who are actually at massive to commit and did commit the mentioned offences by sitting down on each lanes of the street and blocking the mentioned Ahmadu Bello Means, Ilorin on seventeenth, February 2021, at about 1200hrs, thereby grinding to a halt free circulation of vehicular and human site visitors and gathered regard for social distancing in contravention of the chief order on the prevention of the unfold of Covid-19.”

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Police prosecutor, Inspector Adewumi Johnson, urged the court docket to remand the suspects to forestall them from committing related offences or hinder police investigation into the matter.

Counsel to the suspects, Ibrahim Akewusola, nonetheless, urged the court docket to ignore the submission of the prosecutor on the bottom that the suspects have been nonetheless presumed harmless till the opposite is confirmed.

Trial Justice of the Peace Awolola Abioye, nonetheless, granted the accused bail within the sum of N200,000 every, with two sureties, one in every of whom should be a blood relation with landed property throughout the court docket’s jurisdiction and a civil servant.

The case was adjourned until March 4, 2021.


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