A Magistrate Court in Osogbo, Osun State on Tuesday remanded Saheed Akinloye in a custodial centre over his post on Facebook concerning COVID-19 in the state.
Akinloye was arrested by the police over his comment on his Facebook page where he claimed that the state government imported COVID-19 patients into the state to get funds from the Federal Government.
The police prosecutor, John ldoko, told the court that Akinloye’s post was with the intent to incite members of the public against the Osun State Government.
Idoko quoted the accused person to have written: “When I accused Osun Government of importing COVID-19 patients into the state just to access fund from the FG many didn’t believe. The said imported patients are now Negative. APC, You Are Not Doing Well.”
Idoko said on April 11, 2020 at 11:05pm, Akinloye interfered with an executive order of the Osun State Government when he published the item on his Facebook page.
He said the action of the accused person was in contravention with COVID-19 Laws of Osun State 2020 and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 61 of the Criminal code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.
After the arraignment, the state counsel, Dapo Adeniji, told the court that the state government was interested in the matter and thereafter applied to take over the case.
Adeniji’s first action after taking over the case was to oppose the bail application made for the accused person by his counsel, Bamidele Ajibade.
In his ruling, Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara said he was not satisfied with the facts to be considered whether to grant the bail or not.
Ayilara ordered for the filing of written application for bail.
He thereafter ordered the remand of the accused person in a custodial centre and adjourned the case to May 13.