Ondo monarch arraigned for defamation of character

The Ondo State Police Command on Monday arraigned the Onirun of Irun Akoko in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Samuel Agboola, before a magistrate court sitting in Akure, the state capital, for allegedly involving in defamation of character.

The traditional ruler was alleged to have defamed a community leader, Mr Adeyemi Lanre, allegedly saying the latter sponsored some thugs to disrupt the peace in the Irun Akoko community.

He was arraigned on a one-count charge of defamation of character.

The charge read, “That you Oba Samuel Bayode Agboola ‘m’ on the 10th day of August 2023 at about 1130hrs at the office of Honorable Commissioner of Chieftaincy Affairs, Alagbaka, Akure, Ondo State in the Akure magisterial district did defame the reputation of one Hon. Adeyemi Laoye Lanre ‘m’ for alleging him of sponsoring thugs in Irun Akoko, Ondo State which expose him to hatred, contempt or ridicule and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 373 and punishable under Section 375 of the criminal code cap 37 Vol.1, Laws of the Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.”

The prosecutor, Mr Tobi Agbisagbo, told the court that the action of Oba Agboola had exposed the claimant to hatred, contempt, and ridicule in the community.

According to him, the defendant had committed an offence contrary to Section 373 and punishable under Section 375 of the criminal Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

The case has, however, been adjourned till December 13, 2023, for a proper hearing by the court.

In reaction, the first-class monarch, who was not physically present in court nor represented by a lawyer, said that his attorney would adequately respond to the charges against him on the next adjourned date.

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