17 Students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, Abeokuta, who were arrested for their involvement in a violent protest, were on Thursday charged before a magistrate court in Abeokuta for unlawful assault, vandalisation and obstruction of peace.
The prosecution said the accused committed crimes that were contrary to sections 516, 320, 356(1)(2)(3)(4)(5), 69 and 451 of the criminal code laws of Ogun State, 2006.
The arrested students according to the charge sheet, with case number MA/838c/2017, allegedly attempted to kill one police officer, Daniel Samuel, by inflicting injuries with an iron, on his forehead and unlawfully assaulted another police officer, Bola Alonge, preventing him from executing his official duty; and also vandalised a MAPOLY Hilux vehicle.
The counsel of one of the accused persons, Bunmi Adelabu, made an oral application for bail, arguing that the offences for which they were charged do not carry a death penalty.
Quoting section 118(2) of criminal code, Ms. Adelabu argued that justice must be done in the case not only judicially according to the law but also judiciously according to the fact before the court.
She further explained that most of the accused persons were victims of circumstances who had nothing to do with the protest for which they were arrested.
The counsel also argued that the second accused person, Oyero Oladotun, is a Corps member serving in Oyo State while three others were arrested during a training and had nothing to do with the protest.
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Adeola Adelaja, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in the like some.
He emphasised that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not less than level 10 or a responsible community leader who must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.