Six persons, yesterday, pleaded not guilty to arson before an Osogbo Magistrate’s court.
The accused persons; Oladele Tunji, 28; Azeez Onifade, 60; Raaji Abdulahi, 47; Salami Kayode, 46; Olarewaju Adekale, 40; and Azeez Ogunbola, 40,
were docked for alleged arson at Oba-Oke during the bloody clash between Oba-Ile and Oba-Oke communities in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun State.
The Police had arrested the six people at Oba-Oke after they allegedly burnt the palace of the Oloba of Oba-Oke, Oba Adams Yusuf, penultimate Sunday, when a bloody clash ensued between the two neighbouring communities over the ownership of a disputed land.
The six accused persons, who are from Oba-Ile community and others now at large, according to the prosecution, were said to have committed the alleged offence on October 20 after the annual Oro festival of Oba-Ile.
They were also alleged to have attempted to take the lives of Sulaimon Taofeek, Durojaye Saheed, Rahman Abiona and Kosamotu Olalekan.
The six accused persons, however claimed innocence, urging the court to temper justice with mercy.