Human right lawyer writes Ondo state government, calls for immediate release
A human right lawyer Tope Temokun has written to the Ondo state government to secure the immediate release of 18 years old Kemisola Oguniyi who was arrested during the #EndSARS protest in Ondo state and gave birth in prison after 8 months.
Temokun in a letter addressed to the Ondo Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General, Sir Titiloye Charles, said Kemisola was innocent of the crime against her.
He explained that Kemisola who gave birth on 16th June 2021 was was on her way to the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) to collect money for her mother’s treatment when she was apprehended by the Nigerian Army on random raiding and handed over to the Police for investigation.
She was arrested with three others, Ayodele Bukunmi, Ojo Samuel, and Ani Obinna, and was taken to Surulere Prison in Ondo West local government.
The charges preferred against them were conspiracy to commit the following felonies, to wit: arson, riotous assembly, stealing, and malicious damage.
“She was later alleged to be part of those who set APC Secretariat Akure on fire during the #ENDSARS protest that took place in October 2020,” Temokun said.
“I write to you sir, first as a lawyer and in furtherance of my conviction as a believer in the humanitarian cause of justice, to appeal to you sir, that for the sake of the sinless newborn child and in the interest of justice, to give a directive that this matter be given an urgent hearing as this is one deserving case, sir, in which the powers in this direction could be exercised.”
He also appealed to the Ondo Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General, Sir Titiloye Charles, to use his powers to discontinue the prosecution of Kemisola and others.