By Ayodele Popoola
A serial burglar, Ayodeji Borokini has been remanded at the Olokuta Correctional centre over alleged burglary and stealing.
Appearing at the Akure Magistrates’ Court, the 29-year-old ex-convict and a woman, Blessing Unekwuojo, 38, were arraigned on seven count charge of stealing and burglary.
According to the prosecution, the defendants committed the offence on August 14, 2022 at various locations in Oke-Ijebu area.
The defendants whose addresses were not provided, specialize in breaking into people’s shops and offices.
The defendants were alleged to have been terrorizing the residents of Oke-Ijebu in Akure before they were apprehended.
The prosecutor, Inspector Abdulateef Suliaman, said the defendants broke into an office and stole a laptop valued at N200,000, belonging to one Famorotiye Jimoh and the sum of N8,700 belonging to Ilemobayo Akinbola.
He alleged that ex-convict also broke into some shops in the same area and stole one carton of Metalaxin and Paramash chemical worth N56,000 , three sewing machines valued 435,000, 3kg cylinders valued 10,000, various types of alcoholic drinks and packs of B&H Cigarette valued N70,000 belonging to different persons.
He was also accused of breaking into a law firm belonging to one Barrister Dapo Agbede and stole two flat television valued N300,000.
The offence committed contravenes Sections 516A(1), 413(2), 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37 vol I, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria,2006
The first defendant who had no legal representation pleaded guilty to three of the charges and not guilty to remaining four charges.
The second defendant told the court she was innocent of all the offences.
The prosecutor urged the court to remand the ex-convict, saying, he is an hardened criminal and that he had just been released from the Correctional Center over similar offence.
The Magistrate, N.T Aladejana in his ruling ordered the remand of the first defendant at the Olokuta Correctional Centre, in Akure.
He granted the second defendant bail in the sum of N20,000, with one surety in like sum.
He adjourned the case till the September 15, 2022 for hearing.