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Ogun ex-Dep. Speaker arraigned for threat, breach of Peace

Former Deputy Speaker Ogun State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri

On Wednesday, the formal Deputy Speaker of the Ogun House of Assembly was prosecuted in court for an alleged threat and violation of the state House of Assembly‘s grounds.

Oludare Kadiri, the former speaker, was charged with two counts of endangering lives and causing a breach of the peace.

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He did, however, enter a not guilty plea to the prosecution’ two-count indictment.

According to the prosecutor, Lawrence Olu-Balogun, the defendant committed the crime on March 25 at around 8:40 a.m. in the Ogun State House of Assembly in Okemosan, where he entered the house, threatened the lives of members and other Assembly workers, and blocked the House of Assembly’s entrance gate with his car.

He also stated that the former deputy speaker violated the peace by launching an attack that disrupted the law-making process in the House of Assembly.

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Olu-Balogun went on to say that the defendant had been suspended since March 2022, and that the court had ruled in his favour and advised him to return to his employment.

He noted that the defendant claimed he came to resume office on the stipulated date, but when he arrived at the Assembly’s grounds, the security guard at the gate refused him entry to the House of Assembly.

According to the prosecution, the offence committed breached sections 86(1) and 249(D) of the Ogun 2006 Criminal Code Laws.

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Mrs. M.O Osinbajo, the Chief Magistrate, granted bail on self-recognizance to the defendant and adjourned the case to June 1st for trial.

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