Police Arraign Six Drivers for Assault, Vandalization, and Invasion of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital

Police Arraign Six Drivers for Assault, Vandalization, and Invasion of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital

Six Drivers Face Charges in Ekiti State Magistrate Court Over EKSUTH Attack

In a significant legal development, six drivers were arraigned at the Ekiti State Chief Magistrate Court, Ado Ekiti District, following a violent attack on the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).

The charges include assault on medical personnel, vandalization of hospital property, and forcible removal of a corpse.

Background of the Incident

The incident unfolded on January 15 when a group of individuals, reportedly distressed by the death of a patient in the hospital, launched an attack on EKSUTH.

The assailants forcibly removed a corpse, creating chaos within the medical facility.

Defendants in Court

The defendants brought before the court include Babalola Temitope (30), Egunjobi Babatunde (50), Adebayo Ojo (54), Akintola Adebayo (53), Festus Wele (48), and Michael Ogunleye (45).

The charges leveled against them encompass conspiracy, vandalization, willful destruction of government property, threats of violence, and assault on healthcare workers at EKSUTH.

Prosecutor’s Statement

Police prosecutor, ASP Johnson Okunade, argued in court, stating, “There is a probable cause to remand the six defendants at the correctional center in Ado-Ekiti.”

He emphasized that the defendants were suspected of committing various offenses, including conspiracy, vandalization, and assault, all punishable under relevant sections of the law.

Legal Proceedings and Remand Order

Okunade urged the court to remand the six defendants, highlighting that the case file had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. A. O. Adeosun, subsequently issued a remand order, directing the defendants to be held in the custody of the correctional center in Ado Ekiti.

The case has been adjourned until February 19 for mention, marking the beginning of a legal process that will further unfold in the coming weeks.

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