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Protesting poly students arraigned

Fourteen students, comprising 13 males and one female students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic at Owo in Ondo State, have been arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in the town.

Fourteen students, comprising 13 males and one female students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic at Owo in Ondo State, have been arraigned before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in the town.

The police arrested them a few days ago during a violent demonstration in the town.

The students were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Court II, sitting at Owo GRA on a three-count charge of conspiracy, felony to wit stealing and malicious damage.

The suspects are: Lukman Arowolo, 21; Iyanuoluwa Gift, 21; Olayinka Oyewole, 21; Aladejebi Temitope, 35; Oluwadare Gbenga, 26; Japhet Samuel, 21; Ayeni Samuel, 24; Lawrence Monday, 24; Titus Felix, 22; Emmanuel Segun, 23; Ayeni Temitope, 21; Ayeni Trust, 23; Olayinka Olalekan, 17 and Ayomide Opeyemi, 21.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Edu Owolabi, told the court that the offences contradict and are punishable under sections 516, 390(9) and 451 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

All the accused pleaded not guilty and their lawyer applied for their bail.

But Owolabi opposed their bail application.

The Magistrate Mr Sunday Adedapo said he would deliver his ruling on the bail application on February 5.

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