Court remands guards over petrol theft
By Adedoyin Adedeji & Oghenemaro Eruteyan
For allegedly stealing 25 litres of petrol, three security men were yesterday remanded at Olokuta Correctional Centre by an Akure Chief Magistrate Court.
The defendants, Sunday Rinfa 25; Umar Jesse 23, and Abiola Allu, 20, were arraigned by the police on three counts bothering on conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen goods.
The prosecutor, Inspector Abdullateef Sulaiman, informed the court that the defendants committed the offences on November 20, 2023, at about 7:00 am behind SIB, Alagbaka Extension, Akure.
Sulaiman said the first defendant, Rinfa stole 25 litres of petroleum product at the residence of one Adam Azeez, valued at N63,000
The prosecutor added that the second defendant, Jesse, and the third defendant Allu, received the product from Rinfa, knowing it was stolen.
The offences contravene Sections 390(9), 429, 516 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 37 Vol.1 Law of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the offence leveled against them.
Hence the prosecutor prayed the court to adjourn the case to enable him study the case file.
The defence counsel, A. I. Musa urged the court to grant his clients bail in most liberal term.
Chief Magistrate N.T. Aladejana remanded the defendants at Olokuta Correctional Centre and adjourned the case till December 5, 2023, for consideration of bail.
In a similar case, a 24-year-old man, Ahmed Adegoke, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Akure Chief Magistrate Court, for alleged stealing of motorcycles and phone.
The defendant who is a serial motorcycle theif and without any address provided is being charged on a lone count of theft.
The police prosecutor, Nelson Akintimehin informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on November 20, 2023, at about 9:30 am in Sabo Area, Ikare Akoko, Ondo State.
Akintimehin said the defendant stole two Honda motorcycles valued at N650,000 and an Infinix Hot 11 play phone worth N80,000, property of one Mr Suleiman Adamu.
The offence, according to the charge contravenes Section 390, Cap. 37, Vol 1 of the Criminal Code Law of Ondo State, 2006.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.
The prosecutor prayed for an adjournment to enable him gather all his witnesses and also study the case file.
Chief Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunus granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case was till January 24, 2023, for further hearing.