Ekiti State Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Rotimi Agbede, was on Wednesday charged before an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court for fighting another union members at the premises of the state police headquarters.
Police prosecutor, Sgt. Oriyomi Akinwale, said Agbede was arraigned alongside a member of the union, Olaoye Oba, for exchanging blows at the police headquarters.
Oba had gone to the place to report the RTEAN boss on December 23. The RTEAN chair who is an ally of Governor Ayo Fayose has been locked in conflict with Oba who is a supporter of an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Femi Bamisile.
Oba had written a petition to the Police accusing Agbede of spearheading attacks on APC members and other RTEAN members who are supporters of Bamisile shortly after the aspirant held a political meeting with his backers on the same day, December 23.
The charge sheet reads: “That you, Samuel Agbede and Olaoye Oba on 23rd December, 2016 at the State Police Headquarters premises under Ado Ekiti Magisterial District did engage yourself in fight.
“You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 83 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State 2012.”
Agbede pleaded not guilty to the charge after which his lawyer, Tajudeen Lamidi, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms considering his status in the society.
Chief Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo granted the two accused persons bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety each in the like sum who must be resident within Ado Ekiti with a verifiable address.
He subsequently adjourned the case to January 20 for further hearing.