Ogun Court Witnesses Unprecedented Crowd As Cleric Is Arraigned For Allegedly Defiling Several Underaged Girls

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File photo: Interested parties in the case at the Oyo State High Court 6 when the matter came up on Wednesday February 20, 2019.

By GODIYA JOSEPH, Abeokuta

Ogun State Judiciary, High Court 6 could not contain the large number of interested parties to a case of assault, rape and torture of students and trainees of the Stephen’s Centre, Abeokuta when the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday February 20, 2019 before Justice Solomon Olugbemi
They came from various groups including Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Plateau State that were there with 18 members, accompanied by six male colleagues from Plateau NUJ council, more than a dozen female lawyers, a 10- man  delegation from Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council, several alleged victims human rights groups.
As early as 8:30am, the court room was already full, with even more than those inside, hanging outside the premises.
The counsel to the plaintiff, led by S.D. Maren, also had  F.P. Magaji join him as a learned colleague, while a team of  female lawyers, led by Oluwatoyin .I. Omomehin, included L.D. Hassan, F.C. Emereuwa, G.S. Mamswa, D.S. Damilep, S.J. Bani, Z.A. Owokunle who told the judge they were  watching brief for the complainants.
The defendant is facing a five-count charge bothering on rape, punishable with a life sentence, if found guilty.
His defence counsel is led by Samuel Nwaji and supported by Sole Oyero,.
The matter was adjourned to April 4, 2019, when trial and motions raised by the defence are expected tobe looked into.

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