Connect with us


Adeleke’s Political Adviser, Muniru Raji, Docked for Cyberstalking

– As AGF Takes Over Prosecution
Special Adviser to Governor Ademola Adeleke on Political Matter, Mr Muniru Raji was on Thursday docked before a Federal High Court in Osogbo over Cyber defamation of character of the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Adebayo Adeleke (BANIK).
This is just as the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), represented by Barrister Victor Alma, an Assistant Chief State Counsel, took over the case, disowning the earlier application of the State Attorney General, Wole Jimi-Bada to take over the matter.
Barrister Alma informed the court that the office of the AGF is interested in prosecuting the case against Muniru, saying the interest of the AGF has automatically arrested the earlier request of the state AG to assume prosecution.
However, before his arraignment, Muniru’s counsel, Naheem  Adekilekun had pleaded to the court to shift the arraignment date of his client, as he was still sick and not fit to bear the stress of listening to the charges against him.
He argued that his client might collapse, saying, “I know your Lordship will not want him to collapse. We only forced him to appear in person today because we didn’t want to give excuse again. He is not fit yet.”
Adekilekun further pleaded to the court and the prosecuting counsel to take pity on his client by granting him another date for arraignment.
The defendant’s application fell on the deaf hear of the Presiding Judge, Justice Ayo Emmanuel who ruled that the defendant must be arraigned and enter his plea after the charges  were read to him, as there was no any evidence to show that he was truly sick.
Justice Emmanuel offered the defendant a sit beside witness box to take the plea since he was already in court.
In the Three Count Charge, which was subsequently read in Yoruba language following Muniru’s request, he was said to have conspired with others at large to commit cyberstalking and defamation of character against Prince Adebayo Adeleke Banik.
The charge added that Muniru, on April 22, 2024, conspired with others at large, and alleged Prince Adebayo Adeleke of obtaining contract from the government of the former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State and absconded with the contract sum without executing the project awarded to him through various electronics and social media platforms.
Muniru’s counsel, Adekilekun then applied for his bail, arguing that the offence was bailable, while the defendant is a public figure, as he promised that he would not abuse the bail if granted.
The prosecuting counsel on the other hand said, he had just been handed the case file and he had not been able to file his objection to the bail application, saying he would leave the motion to the discretion of the court for decision.
Subsequently, the presiding judge granted Muniru bail in the sum of N5million, with one surety in a like sum, and the surety must be a Federal or State Civil Servant of not less than Level 10, with a fixed address within the jurisdiction of the court.
The case was then adjourned till July 17 for the commencement of trial.


Copyright © 2023 Daily Mail NG. powered by CrownTech.