Alleged rape of ex-corps member: Osun govt to drag acquitted monarch to Appeal Court

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Alowa-of-Ilowa-Ijesa-Oba-Adebukola-AlliDissatisfied about the State High Court judgment, which discharged and acquitted the Alowa of Ilowa Ijesa, Oba Adebukola Alli, over alleged rape of ex-corps member, who served in his domain, Osun State government over the weekend, said arrangement had been concluded to challenge the judgment at the Court of Appeal, in Akure.

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Oba Alli, who stood trial on the alleged rape of Miss Helen Okpara, a corp member who undergone her one year mandatory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) in his domain, was on the 8th of October discharged and acquitted by Justice Oyejide Falola of the Ikirun division of the state High Court.

The monarch was alleged to have unlawfully had carnal knowledge of the ex corps member at his private house in Osogbo, the state capital, a few kilometers to Ilowa Ijesa, in Obokun Local Government Area of the state.

The case, which suffered long adjournment, was transferred from the magistrates’ court to the high court for lack of jurisdiction by the former.

But, relief came the way of the monarch on the 8th of October, 2013, when Justice Falola discharged and acquitted him of the rape charges preferred against him.

However, the state government, through the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mr Wale Afolabi, said necessary arrangements have been made to appeal the State High Court ruling, which freed the monarch.

In a statement issued by the information officer of the Ministry of Justice, Mr Bello Opeyemi, the commissioner said an appeal against the judgment had been filed at the Court of Appeal, Akure, Ondo State, pointing out that the state government was prepared to pursue the case to a logical conclusion.

According to the statement, “Osun State government, as a believer in the rule of law and a respecter of human rights, is ready to pursue the case to its logical conclusion. The state government is very displeased with the judgment and has directed the attorney general and commissioner for justice to appeal against the judgment and explore all lawful means to see to it that justice is done in the case.”

The statement added that the state Ministry of Justice had on 12th December filed an appeal against the judgment of the high court, with a view to ensure that all legal avenues are explored to ensure that justice is done.

 

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Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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