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Police arraign 4 for alleged breach of peace, unlawful assembly


…dock 4 others for allegedly stealing pumping machines, cables, others

The police in Oyo State yesterday arraigned four suspected hoodlums  before a Mapo Chief Magistrate Court in Ibadan for alleged breach of public peace and unlawful assembly.

Those arraigned are Sodik  Adekola, 30; Bolaji Qudri, 20; Nurani Abdulkarim, 31 and Habib Taofeek 25.

This is just as a 63-year-old man, Moses Sodeinde and three others were yesterday arraigned before an Ona-Ara Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, over alleged stealing of pumping machines, cables and others items.

The defendants, whose addresses were not provided, were charged with conspiracy, burglary and stealing, to which they, however, pleaded not guilty.

The presiding Magistrate, at Mapo Chief Magistrate Court, Mrs O.O. Latunji, admitted each of the suspects to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one reliable surety each in like sum.

The suspects had pleaded not guilty to the two-count of conduct likely to breach public peace and attempted felony.

Latunji adjourned the matter until June 20 for trial.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Oluseye Akinola, told the court that the defendants committed the crime on June 3, at Ojaba market in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Akinola further said that Adekola, Qudri, Abdulkarim and Taofeek were apprehended after gathering unlawfully, smoking illicit substances and holding different dangerous objects.

He said the defendants had in their possession machetes, broken bottles and sticks.

Also, the Prosecutor, before the Ona-Ara Magistrates’ Court, Insp Folarunmi Adeshina, told the court that the defendants committed the offences between July and October 2023 at Oilfem Plantation Ltd. and Oyo State Small Scale Industries premises at Iyaganku area of Ibadan.

Adeshina said that the defendants broke into the offices at the aforementioned area and stole valuables worth N3,458,800.

He listed the valuables to include: pumping machines, installation pipes, wedding set equipment, hydraulic cutting machines, compressors, cables and others.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 516, 413 and 399(9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The Magistrate, Mr Ayorinde Ayo-Alagbe, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.

Ayorinde, thereafter, adjourned the case till Sept. 10 for hearing.


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