Femi Makinde, Osogbo
The presence of security operatives was increased at the Osun State Judiciary Complex where the alleged blackmailers of Osun lawmaker, Mr Timothy Owoeye, are appearing before a magistrates’ court.
The accused persons were brought into the court premises amidst the heavy presence of armed prison officers and policemen.
Security personnel had a hectic time controlling hundreds of supporters of the lawmaker, who trooped to the court in solidarity with him.
The lawmaker, who is the Majority Leader of Osun State House of Assembly is also in court but the Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara, has not entered into the court due to the rowdy situation.
Policemen and prisons guards locked the gates into the complex where the courtroom is located but supporters forced their way into the complex but were stopped from entering the courtroom.
Our correspondent gathered from a court official that a man suspected to be sympathetic to the accused persons was stripped naked and injured by some of the lawmaker’s supporters.
The supporters were also angry that the accused persons were allowed to cover their faces while they were marched into the courtroom by armed prison officers.
It will be recalled that Owoeye’s nude video went viral on Saturday. He was said to have been tricked and swindled by the blackmailers.
The nude video was said to be recorded to prevent him from reporting the fraud to the police.