By Boluwatife Akinola
A 26-year-old man, Gbenga Afolayan, who manages a poultry farm in Oba-Ile community has been charged to court for stealing in the farm.
The police arraigned Afolayan before a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Oke-Eda, Akure, over four counts of conspiracy, theft, assault and stealing under false pretence.
At his arraignment on Monday, the prosecutor, Inspector Nelson Akintimehin, informed the court that the defendant and one other at large committed the offence on August 25, 2023, at Abo Asakin community farm, Oba-ile Akure.
Akintimehin alleged that the defendant stole a gasoline generator, 200 chickens, one CCTV camera, 10 bags of chicken feeds, and a solar panel valued at N925,000, property of his employer, Abiodun Obafemi.
The prosecutor also said that the defendant on same date and time assaulted one Ayo Ariyo, by biting him on his left hand which resulted in an open injury.
Afolayan was also accused of obtaining the sum of N22,000 from one of his customers, Mrs Temilade Olasehinde under the pretence of supplying her live chickens, but he converted the money to his use.
The offences contravene Sections 516 A(1),390(9),355, and 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol 1 Law of Ondo State, 2006.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, while his counsel, Mr. Ologunmeta urged the court to grant him bail in most liberal terms.
Chief Magistrate Musa Al-Yunus granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1,000,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned till October 31, 2023 for hearing.