A supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Deji Babington-Ashaye, was yesterday arraigned before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Abeokuta, the state capital, for allegedly calling the senator representing Ogun East, Prince Buruji Kashamu, a “drug baron and jail breaker”.
Babington-Ashaye, who was said to have used the offensive words on Kashamu in PDP WhatsApp group, often referred to as PDP match to victory, was arrested by the police on the accusation that he was conducting himself in manners that could lead to a breach of public peace.
The prosecution officer, Sunday Eigbejiale, told the court that the accused committed the offence between March 13 and 14 at a location opposite Community High School, Ogere, Remo.
According to Eigbejiale, Babington-Ashaye’s conduct of insulting the senator could cause a breach of peace.
The police prosecutor further alleged that the accused called Senator Kashamu a drug baron and jail breaker, challenging him to travel to the United States of America (USA).
When the one-count charge of breaching public peace was read to him, Babington-Ashaye, pleaded not guilty.
The defence counsel, Bola Oluwole, said the offence was bailable and asked the court to grant his client bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Oriyomi Ogunfowora, granted the defence’s prayer and granted to Babington-Ashaye in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Ogunfowora adjourned the matter till March 30.