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ISESE: Targeted Traditionalist Tani Olohun, Granted Bail 91 Days after Unlawful Incarceration as Arab Religion Adherents Intimidations Continue

  • Arab religion adherents in Kwara state, led by Fulani migrants are deploying all arms of government to subdue indiginous culture and spiritual identity

Abdulazeez Adegbola, known as Tani Olohun, a follower of traditional religion, has been granted bail after spending 91 days in the custody of the Federal Correctional Service. This decision comes after facing trial for alleged defamation in four distinct cases across three different courts in the state.

Tani Olohun had been in detention since August 17, 2023, following his arraignment before Magistrate Mohammed Ibrahim on charges including criminal conspiracy, inciting public disturbance, disturbance of public peace, criminal defamation of character, and intentional insult. These charges were said to be in violation of sections 97, 210, 392, and 114 of the penal code law of Nigeria.

The traditional religion follower also faced similar charges before the Kwara state Upper Area Court presided over by Mr. Sunday Adeniyi. Additionally, two separate cases brought by Sheilk Labeeb Lagbaji and Modirasatu Muhammed accused Tani Olohun of defamation and burning of the Holy Quran, respectively. Despite pleading not guilty to all charges, he remained in detention.

Notably, the Upper Area Court and Chief Magistrate Court had previously granted him administrative bail on September 20 and October 24, 2023, respectively. However, on Thursday, during proceedings before Magistrate Adam, Tani Olohun was granted bail in the sum of N2 million with three sureties in the like sum for the two separate cases.

The court specified that two of the sureties must own landed property within the court’s jurisdiction or in Oyo State, where he claimed residency.

In what seem to be a gangup against the tarditionalist and a sacrelage against African ancetsral laws, Tani Olohun, was allegedly forced to make statements asking for forgiveness from the Arab religion adherents.

Following the court’s decision, Tani Olohun’s counsel, Mr. Ademola Bank, expressed determination to meet the stringent bail conditions, ensuring his client’s release and return home.

IMAGE: Punch

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