By Damilola Akinmolayan
A mild drama ensued at an Akure Magistrate’s Court yesterday when two sales boys took to their heals after the Magistrate ordered their remand in prison custody.
The sales boys; Samuel Benjamin, 19, and Emmanuel Abraham, 18, were brought before the court by the police for setting ablaze their employer’s house and razing it down.
Shortly, after the magistrate, O.R. Yakubu, ordered their remand at the Akure Correctional Centre, the duo suddenly escaped through the court’s windows and fled to a nearby bush.
It took the intervention of police officers within the court premises to apprehend them.
One of the accused persons was caught in the bush while the other was caught around NEPA area in Akure.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Inspector Augustine Omheninhen, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on May 19, 2022 at Jerusalem avenue, Kajola area in Akure.
They were alleged of breaking into the house of their employer, one Mr Michael Archibong, to steal, while they also burnt the house to ashes.
The duo are facing six-count charge bothering on unlawful entry, burglary and stealing.
According to the prosecutor, the offence committed is contrary to Section 383 and punishable under Section 390(9), of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
The accused persons, who had no legal representation in court, pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them.
Magistrate O.R Yakubu, in his ruling, refused the accused persons bail and ordered their remand at Akure Correctional Centre.
The Magistrate, adjourned the case till September 26, 2022 for ruling on bail.