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Man, 51, jailed for stealing cocoa beans, smoked fish

Sade Adewale, Ondo

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A 51-year-old man, Bassey Edet, has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo town, for stealing 30kg cocoa beans and smoked fish valued at N260,000.

The magistrate, Mrs Toyin Olowookere, sentenced the convict after she found him guilty.

He was also convicted for threatening the lives of four persons, Akinbobola Oladejo, Ogundeji Taiwo, Edward Esther, Module Oladejo and the entire Ateru community with violence.

Edet was charged with five-counts, including conspiracy, stealing and threat to life.

The prosecutor, Supol Iyabo Omolara, said the convict committed the offence on April 23, 2024, at Ateru Camp via Ondo.

The charge read in part,” That you, Bassey Edet and others at large sometimes in April 23, 2024, at Ateru Camp via Ondo, in the Ondo Magisterial District did steal 30kg cocoa beans valued at N250,000, property of one Akinbobola Ololade of Ateru Camp via Ondo and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

“That you, Bassey Edet, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did steal smoke fish worth N10,000, property of one Modupe Oladejo of Ateru Camp via Ondo and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

The prosecutor, Iyabo Omolara, therefore, prayed the court to sentence him according to his plea.

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The convict who had no legal representation, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, saying he would not do it again.

Olowookere, however, sentenced him to one year imprisonment without an option of fine.

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