In Osogbo: Man docked over alleged theft of food items

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The prosecutor, Insp. Rasak Olaiwola, told the court that the accused committed the offences between May 8 and May 9.

A 37-year-old man, Mukaila Shamotu, was on Thursday arraigned in an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing food items valued at N109,000.

Shamotu of no fixed address is facing a two-count charge of burglary and theft.

The prosecutor, Insp. Rasak Olaiwola, told the court that the accused committed the offences between May 8 and May 9 at Ota-Efun area in Osun.

Olaiwola said Shamotu broke into the shop of Oyekan Funke and stole some food items: bag rice, bag beans, 25 litres of groundnut oil, and 25 litres of red oil among others worth N109, 000.

Olaiwola said the offences contravened Sections 413 and 383 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol.11, Laws of Osun, 2003.

The accused,however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The counsel to the accused, Mr Najite Okobie, prayed the court to grant his client bail in liberal terms.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Fatimoh Sodamade, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety in the like sum.

Sodamade said the surety must reside within the court jurisdiction with evidence of tax payment, produce two passport photographs, an affidavit of means and the address which should be verified.

She adjourned the case until Aug. 2 for hearing.



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