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Man charged with threat to burn monarch’s palace


A man, who allegedly threatened to burn the palace of the Oni Isheri of Isheri Olofin in Alimosho Local Government Area, Lagos State, Oba Wahab Ayinde Balogun, was yesterday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court.

Shamsideen Adebimpe, 67, of Adebimpe Avenue, Old Isheri Olofin, is standing trial before Chief Magistrate O.O. Oshin on six counts including conspiracy, breach of peace, arson threat and contempt of court.

The Guardian learnt that the alleged incidents have their root in a Lagos High Court judgment on a land dispute won by the monarch after 32 years of litigation.

According to the police, Adebimpe and others said to be at large, committed the alleged offences between June 2012 and September 2017, at Isheri Olofin.

Prosecuting Inspector Stephen Molo said the defendants and his accomplices acted in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace in the area. “They mobilised hoodlums to sing inciting songs and rain abuses on the monarch. They caused to be published and circulated, publications in newspapers and leaflets which were likely to provoke and bring disaffection on the residents of Isheri Olofin Kingdom.”

The court heard that the publications were also likely to cause fear and alarm in Isheri Olofin.

“On the same date and place, with intent to intimidate and annoy Oba, Wahab Ayinde Balogun, his family members and subjects, the defendant threatened to burn down his palace,” Molo added that the alleged offences contravened sections 39(1), 56(1), 57(1)(b), 104(1)(h)(i), 168(1)(d), 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Adebimpe pleaded not guilty. His counsel, Mrs P. Nwanna applied for his bail on liberal terms. But Molo opposed her. He said: “The defendant has been on the run for a long time. He committed some of those acts from hiding and poses serious threat of mayhem.”

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