By Sade Adewale, Ondo
A 30-year-old pastor, Adesheye Erigbemi, has been dragged before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ondo town for stealing the sum of N55,000, property of one Olubunmi Akinnodi.
The defendant, who is now facing a two counts charge bothering on conspiracy and stealing, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
The police charged the defendant to Court for conspiring with one other at large on October 1, 2021, at Erigbemi Akinmubomi Street.
According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37 Volumes 1 Law of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The police prosecutor, ASP Iyabo Omolara, told the Court that prosecution two witnesses would testify in the case. He applied for a date to enable him study the case file.
Counsel for the defendant, Israel Ikuemonisan, applied for the bail of his client in most liberal term, promising that he would not jump bail.
However, the defendant (Erigbemi) told the court that he did not steal the money but the person that took the money came to him for prayers and give him N30,000 so that people would patronise his POS business.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Toyin Olowoookere, granted the defendant N50,000 bail with one surety in like sum.
Olowookere, therefore, adjourned the case till April 7, 2022, for trial.