Chief Imam,15 Others Remanded in Prison Over Religious Riot

By Deji Joshua

An Islamic Cleric, Jimoh Alimi and 15 others are currently being remanded in Ilesa Prison over religious crisis in Ejigbo area of Osun State.

Two rival Islamic factions had been scheming to take over the control of Isoko Central Mosque in Ejigbo Local Government area of the state.

However, on Monday,14th August, 2017, the Iwo rival factions allegedly employed the use of dangerous weapons to settle scores, leading to riot in the area.

Though no life was lost , the Police was said to have quelled the unrest , leading to the arrest of Chief Imam of the disputed central mosque, Jimoh Alimi and 15 others.

Consequently, on Tuesday, 15th August, the 45 year old Imam and other suspects were charged before Chief Magistrate Segun Ayilara.

Ayilara who ordered that the suspects be remanded in Ilesa Prison on  a three count charge, said among other things, that they committed affray, breach public peace and the use of dangerous weapons to settle scores.

Having satisfied that the charges were contrary to the laws of the state, he ordered they be remanded in Ilesha Prison.

Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned till 29th September, 2017 for hearing.


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