A 13-years-old boy on Monday appeared before an Oredo Family Court 2 over alleged theft of car battery and side-mirror. According to the charge sheet, the boy committed the offence with three others still at large, on Dec. 25, 2018, at No. 21, Easy Motion Street, Off Saint Saviour Road, Evboriaria, Benin City. The police prosecutor, Insp. Thomas Omokaro who read the charges, said the defendant and three others still at large, conspired with each other to commit felony to with stealing.
He said the offence committed is punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Vol II of the defunct Bendel State Laws of Nigeria 1976 now applicable in Edo. On the second count, the prosecutor said that the accused and the three others still at large, stole the battery valued N20, 000 and two side mirrors valued N5, 000, thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 390 (9) of the same laws. The Chief Magistrate, Mr E. I. Adamagbo, however, did not take the plea of the boy, saying the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case. The case has been adjourned to Feb. 13, pending its transfer to an appropriate court.
15-year-old boy, Odunayo Bamigboye, on Wednesday, appeared before an Okitipupa magistrates’ court, Ondo state for alleged theft of a cell phone valued at N7,500. Bamigboye, whose address was not made available, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. The police prosecutor, Inspector Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 4 at Number 7, Kunbi street, Idepe, Okitipupa, NAN reports. Legit.ng notes that Orogbemi said the accused entered into the house of the complainant, Inuesokan Ebisinke to steal an Itel C2 cell phone.
The offences contravened sections 390 (9) and 412 of the Criminal Law of Ondo State, 2006. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. In his ruling, the magistrate, Banji Ayeomoni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N15,000 and one surety in like sum. Ayeomoni said the surety must show evidence of one year tax payment to the Ondo state government.
The case was adjourned until May 24 for mention. It was previously reported that the Rapid Response Squad police detectives arrested one Wale David for stealing the phone of another church member in a popular camp in Ogun state. A statement on the RSS Facebook page stated that the accused was not just a church member. He was also engaged by the church to help clean up its premises after a special church service. The statement read: “Thief in the House of God. The House of God is one of the unlikely places you expect to find a thief but today, it is this unlikely place that thieves visit to steal from people who have come to seek God’s divine favour.