Ogun NNPP crisis: Two people have been charged with stealing and malicious damage.

The crisis engulfing the Ogun State chapter of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) took a new turn on Wednesday, when two of the party's leaders were hauled into court.

ChinyKo recalls that the party's national headquarters recently expelled Olaposi Oginni, the Chairman of the NNPP in Ogun, for alleged anti-party activities.

When the party announced Oginni's removal, a faction loyal to the party's governorship candidate, Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, stormed the party's secretariat in Adatan for a forcible takeover.

Oginni reported the matter to the police, alleging attack, stealing and malicious damage.

Consequently, the South West Public Relations Officer of the NNPP, Oladayo Badmus and a Party Chieftain Olayemi Idowu were on Wednesday dragged before an Abeokuta Magistrate’s Court sitting in Isabo.

They were arraigned “for stealing and malicious damage of valuables worth N575,000 belonging to Ogun NNPP.”

The defendants are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, malicious damage and stealing.

However, the duo pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against them by the police.

The prosecutor, ASP Matthew Famuyiwa, had told the Magistrate that the accused committed the offences on May 12, 2023.

According to ASP Famuyiwa, the defendants conspired to commit felony by breaking into Oginni’s NNPP office at Fajol House, Car Wash, Abeokuta.

He added that the duo damaged two standing fans, doors, windows, photo portraits and padlock, all valued N575,000.

He also alleged that the accused stole a sum of N7.5 million belonging to the complainant

The offence, he said, contravened Sections 516, 411, 412, 415 and 390 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun 2006.

However, Magistrate S. A. Fiade admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N2 million each, with one surety each, who must be licensed and registered bondsmen with the Ogun State judiciary.

The case was adjourned until June 8 for further hearing.

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