A magistrate, Ilesanmi Ojo and 19 others were arraigned at an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court for alleged involvement in a riot, which rocked Awo-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Caleb Leranmo told the court that the accused  persons committed the offence on September 3.

He said they unlawfully took part in the riot in a manner likely to cause a breach of public peace.

Leranmo alleged that the accused persons, in the course of the public disturbance, assaulted a police officer, Dauda Dankwambo, who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

He added that Dankwambo was performing his lawful duty when he was attacked.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 356, 249 of the Criminal Code, Cap C16 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the offence, when the charge was read to them by the court clerk.

Their counsel, Rotimi Adabembe, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in liberal term, giving a commitment that they would not jump bail.

Adabembe said most of the accused persons are eminent members of the society, including chiefs of Awo-Ekiti community.

Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye consequently granted bail to them in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties in the like sum.

He, however, granted bail to the magistrate on self-recognition.

The case was adjourned to September 30 for further hearing.

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