Village head, two others arraigned for stealing N2, 000 plantain

The three accused were granted bail to the sum of N100,000 by the Ogun court.

A village head in Imedu-Nla community in Ogun State, Jimoh Adebayo, has been arraigned before an Owode-Egba Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing one bunch of plantain valued at N2, 000.

The community is located in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State.

The Police Prosecutor, Evidence Onyenmaobi, at the hearing of the case, gave the identities of the alleged accomplices as Wahab Atenreti (70) and Surajudeen Ayenreti (35).

The accused were said to have connived in stealing the bunch of plantain within the premises of Jubillee Baptist Church located in the area on December 31, 2012.

“The community leader (Adebayo) and his accomplice jumped into the compound of the church, cut down the bunch of plantain and were carting it away,” the prosecutor told the court.

“They were sighted by the pastor of the church, who the third accused persons threatened and chased with a cutlass to prevent him from raising alarm,” he said.

He argued that the offence contravened Sections 516, 390 (9) and 86 (2) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the three count charge of conspiracy, stealing and threat to life.

Counsel to the accused persons, Ade Agbolade, pleaded with the court to grant the accused bail, assuring the court that they will not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Adekunte, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N 100, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

The Magistrate thereafter adjourned the case to March 21, 2013 for further hearing on the matter.

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