by Stanley Azuakola
If this was a Nollywood movie, it couldn’t have been better scripted. And just like in most Nollywood staples, this is just the beginning …
It came as a shock, when the police arraigned Mrs. Sefiat Adedeji, the wife of the Olusupare of Supare-Akoko in Akoko South West Council of Ondo State in court, for allegedly engaging in a public brawl capable of causing breach of communal peace and bringing disrepute to the traditional institution. Her husband is Oba Kasali Adejoro Adedeji, a foremost traditional ruler in Ondo State.
Arraigned with Mrs Adedeji is the lady she was accused of brawling with, Mrs. Comfort Awogbamila. The case was set to go on, as the police prosecutor said he had witnesses who would testify against the two ladies.
However, there was a twist, when counsel to Mrs. Awogbamila, the co-accused, petitioned the police over the suit. He said the police had erred, because the case should have been attempted rape against the monarch of the town and not the charges the police eventually brought forward.
According to him, “On 4th May, 2012 at about 7.30pm to 8pm at Ugbe Street, Supare-Akoko, a place rented by the Kabiyesi for his wife – Olori Adedeji – the Kabiyesi invited our client for clarification of an allegation of an illicit affair between our client’s husband and his wife, the Olori.”
He went further to say that while his client Mrs. Awogbamila was in the house with other people, “the Kabiyesi excused all others except her and took her to a private room and forcibly attempted to rape her; in the struggle, she escaped the assault but had her dresses (sic) torn.”
Mrs. Awogbamila, according to her lawyer’s petition, was taken to the State General Hospital at Iwaro-Oka for medical attention and the matter was reported to the police but no investigation was done.
The counsel asked the police to investigate the case properly and make sure that the culprits were charged to court for the appropriate offence.
Watch out for June 7 … the date fixed by the presiding magistrate, Olubunmi Olujuyigbe, for hearing of the case.