Police Begin Investigation Of Brutal Assault On Court Bailiff By Ogun APC Chieftain's Supporters - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Police Begin Investigation Of Brutal Assault On Court Bailiff By Ogun APC Chieftain's Supporters


By Ayobami Ife,  Abeokuta 

Detectives of the Ogun State Police Command have  commenced investigation into the Tuesday brutal  assault and wounding of a court bailiff, Mr.  Adetayo  Odunlami, by people suspected to be political supporters of the Vice -  Chairman of Ikenne Local Government Area of the State, Hon. Efuwape Olaitan.

Bailiff Adetayo Odunlami was in Iperu  - Remo to serve Hon. Efuwape Olaitan, court papers but  his supporters pounced on the young man, beating him severely and left bleeding from a broken head.

The hoodlums allegedly used cudgel, charms and bottles to assault Adetayo until providence saved him from being mobbed to death. 

The attackers, allegedly,  dispossessed him of undisclosed amount of money, mobile phone, identity card and automated teller machine (ATM) card, among other personal items. 

The brutal assault is sequel to the disturbing controversy trailing the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination of councillorship candidate for the July 24 Local Government elections in the State and alleged wrongful substitution of name of candidate for Ward 5, Iperu-Remo in Ikenne local government area. 

 Odunlami, who is a staff of the Ogun State High Court, Sagamu Division, had gone to Iperu Remo, ostensibly to serve the originating court process and hearing notice on Hon. Efuwape in a suit filed by one Mr. Osularu Muyiwa, who alleged that his name was wrongly substituted after the APC primaries. 

Efuwape, the APC and Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) were joined as first, second and third respondents respectively in the suit number HCS/286/21. 

Odunlami told reporters that he went to serve the court processes on the first respondent (Efuwape) without police escorts. 

The bailiff disclosed further that after he had introduced himself to the Council Vice Chairman(Efuwape), some of his supporters who were with him (Efuwape) took offence over the court processes and descended on him with heavy hands.

"I went there to serve court process. After I had identified myself, he (Efuwape) said 'so you are the one they sent? I will show you today!' In the process, his boys attacked me and stole my ATM, identity card, the money in my pocket and my mobile phone. They attacked me with axe, bottle *Juju* and other dangerous objects. In fact, they wanted to kill *me* but thank God, I escaped," he said. 

The visibly shaken bailiff said he never envisaged such an attack could be launched against him in the cause of carrying out his legitimate official assignment. 

It was learnt that the matter had been reported at Iperu Police Station as of the time of filing this report. 

However,  the Ogun Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that the court bailiff was assaulted in Iperu  area while trying to serve court processes on a concerned person.

Speaking through its Public Relations Officer,  Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), it said the matter involves two members of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Iperu - Remo area of the State. 

He said : "It is a matter between two APC members and one of them went to court and the court bailiff wanted to serve the other who is said to be Vice - Chairman  of Ikenne Local government but the bailiff wanted to serve the paper where they were having a rally, he went to the venue of the rally to serve the man the court process but they assaulted him. 

"He went to the station to report. You know that there is no way they can arrest people from venue of a rally. 

"However,  the case is under investigation and detectives are already investigating it. As soon as we get detailed information after investigation,  we will take necessary action and make it public. The case has been documented."

The Daily Crucible recalls that the APC  nomination for the forthcoming local government elections took a worrisome  dimension when Osularu dragged Efuwape to court over allegations of wrongful substitution of name.

The originating court summons dated July 8, 2021 and filed on behalf of Osularu by his counsel was brought before the court in pursuant to Section 36 of 1999 Constitution, Section 87 (9) of Electoral Acts 2010 as amended, Articles 7, 19 and 21 of APC Constitution and paragraph 3, 4A (5) and 6 of the  APC Electoral Guidelines 2014 and Order 3, Rules 8 and 9 of Ogun State High Court.

In an affidavit he deposed to, Osularu had claimed to have won the APC councillorship primaries for Ward 5, Iperu Remo held on May 20, 2021 but his name was allegedly substituted for Efuwape, who is currently the Vice Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the local government.

The applicant, therefore, prayed the court to grant an order nullifying the name of Hon Efuwape as the APC councilorship candidate for Ward 5, Iperu Remo since his selection was not in tune with section 87 (9) of Electoral Acts 2010 as amended as well as APC constitution and election guidelines.

He also asked the court to order the APC (second respondent) to forward his name to the OGSIEC (third respondent) while the OGSIEC must accept, list, publicize and print his name on the ballot paper as the APC councillorship candidate for Ward 5, Iperu-Remo in the coming local government elections.

The applicant further urged the court to grant an order of perpetual injunction restraining Efuwape from parading himself as the APC standard bearer for Ward 5 in the local government elections. 

Meanwhile, the court yesterday granted an Ex-parte Order moved by Daud Fazaz Segun, the counsel to the applicant, directing that the case will be heard during vacation considering its urgency. 

The court, presided over by Justice Okansanwo further ordered that hearing notice be served on parties to the matter. 

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