By Kayode Olabanji
A 26-year-old commercial motorcyclist (Okada rider) Oluwafemi Akinola, has been dragged before an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting at Oke Eda, for allegedly snatching a bag containing items valued at N95, 500.00, property Mrs Oluwanife Moyinoluwa Obaade.
The police brought the accused person before Victoria Bob-manuel, on a three count-charge of stealing, snatching and jumping through window.
The Hope Metro gathered that the suspect allegedly snatched a bag containing the following items; one infinix phone valued at N45, 000, one Gold chain valued at N35, 000, one make-up box worth N12, 000 and the bag valued at N35, 000, total cost of N127,000,00 property of one Oluwanife Moyinoluwa Obaade.
He was said to have committed the offence on October 12, 2018 at about 7.00pm at Olufoam junction Akure, in the Akure magisterial district.
The prosecution also said the defendant wilfully and unlawfully damaged six louvers glass and window net valued at N1800.
The defendant was said to have escaped from Ijapo police station, and jumped through the window to Ijapo estate, before he was later re-arrested with the help of civilians.
The offence, according to the prosecution, was contrary to Section 383 and punishable under Section 390(9), 451 and 135(a) of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Volume 1 laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Adebayo Sulaiman, prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him study the case file and gather all his witnesses before the court.
Counsel to the defendant, Mr Isaac Adubazi, did not oppose the prosecutor’s oral application for an adjournment.
But he urged the court to grant his client bail, since the offences are bailable. He assured the court of credible and reliable surety who will stand for the accused person if granted bail.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs Bob – Manuel, granted the defendant bail in sum of N200,000, with one surety in like sum.
She said the surety must provide evidence of tax payment for the current year, obtained from the State Internal Revenue Department, including two passport -size photographs of both the surety and the defendant.
She added both the official and residential address of the surety shall be verified by the court police.
She adjourned the case till December 19, 2018 for trial.