By Kayode Afolabi, Ore
Three unemployed men have appeared before an Odigbo Magistrates’ Court over alleged forceful entry and damaging of 400 blocks.
The defendants, Adeniyi Isreal,19; Adewale Samuel,25 and Abiodun Kolawole, 18 were brought to court on counts bothering on felony to wit forcible entry and malicious damage.
According to the prosecution, the defendants committed the offences on July 16, 2023 at about 10:30pm at Celestial street, opposite Odigbo local government in Ondo State.
The prosecutor, Inspector Usifo James, told the court that the accused forcibly entered into the land of one Chief Temidayo Adesanlu, with intent to commit felony.
He also alleged that the defendants willfully destroyed 400 blocks valued at about N300,000, property of the complainant.
The offence contravene Sections 516, 81, 451 of the Criminal Code Cap. 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the offences leveled against them.
Usifo sought an adjournment to enable him study the case file and prepare his witnesses for trial.
The defence counsel, Mr. B. D. Adedugba, did not oppose the prosecutor’s application. But he prayed the court to grant the accused person bail in most liberal terms.
In his ruling, Senior Magistrate D. O Ogunfuyi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
He however, ordered the defendants to be remanded at the Okitipupa Correctional Centre, pending the perfection of their bail and adjourned the case till August 3, 2023 for trial.