The Lagos Police Command has charged the 48 protesters arrested during the Lagos rally of the Oodua Republic demonstration around the Gani Fawehimi Freedom Park in the Ojota area of the state.
According to court documents signed and stamped on Monday (today), the protesters were charged before a Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.
The suspects include Olasunkanmi Tanimola; Kabiru Lawanson; Chinemerem Emmanuel; Rasaki Musibau; Lukman Olalade; Olasanmi Oladipupo; Bashiru Shittu; Taofeek Abdusalam; Olamilekan Abata; Abdullahi Sikiru; Tosin Adeleye; Babatunde Lawal.
Others are Abiodun Taiwo, Adagunodo Babatunde, Oluwafemi Adeleye, Oloye Taiwo, Saheed Kareem, Adebayo Waheed, Akinbode Sunday, Lawal Akeem, Samuel Ire, Ogundile Dare, Oba Tajudeen Bakare.
In a related development, CP Odumosu has charged Bakare, the popular Ogboni Chief who went viral, for the murder of Jumoke Oyeleke, a sachet water seller who got killed by a stray bullet during the protest.
This was confirmed in a statement issued by Maxwell Adeleye, Communications Manager of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups.
Oyeleke reportedly died from a stray bullet during the Yoruba self-determination protest held on July 3 in Ojota.
According to the statement by the Yoruba group, bail was granted to all the protesters but the court revoked that of Bakare.
The statement read: “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has charged the 48 Yoruba Nation Protesters arrested on Saturday 3rd July 2021 in Ojota, Lagos before a Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba.
“They were charged for Unlawful Assembly, Unlawful Society and Conducts likely to cause breach of Public Peace.
“However, one of the arrested protesters, Tajudeen Bakare (the popular Ogboni Chief) was charged by the Police for the murder of a Sachet Water Hawker, Jumoke Oyeleke, killed by a stray bullet during the protest.
“The bail granted to all the Protesters was upheld by the Court but that of Bakare was revoked. The Court refers Bakare’s case to the Director of Public Prosecutor (DPP) for further advice.”