By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
For allegedly robbing his victim, Olasunkanmi Abimbola of N700,000, a 40-year-old man, Ibikunle Wasiu was on Thursday, 4th December, 2014 arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, southwest Nigeria.
Wasiu was said to have committed the offence on Friday, 14th November, 2014 at about 11:00 am, beside Victoria Comprehensive High School Iludun, Osogbo.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun informed the court that Wasiu and others at large had invaded Abimbola’s house where he packed his Toyota Corolla vehicle and robbed him of the said amount.
The prosecution said Wasiu and others at large had conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit stealing adding that they had smashed Abimbola’s vehicle glass before gaining access to his money.
Abiodun noted that when Wasiu and his fleeing colleagues could not get any money in the car, they ransacked the vehicle’s boot where the victim kept the said N700,000.
The charge sheet obtained by our correspondent read: “That you Ibikunle Wasiu on 14th November, 2014 at about 11:00 am, beside Victoria Comprehensive High School Iludun, Osogbo, in the Osogbo Magisterial District did steal the sum of N700,000 from the boot of a Toyota Corolla car registration number; TD 553 KJA, which belongs to Olasunkanmi Abimbola.”
The prosecution however argued that the accused had committed offences contrary to and punishable under Sections 516 A (1), 390(4)(c) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 vol. 11 Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
The accused entered into not guilty pleas to the three charges bothering on conspiracy, malicious damage and stealing pressed against him by the Osun state Police.
Wasiu’s counsel, Mr. Reginald Ngwu applied for his bail in liberal terms stressing that the accused was ready to provide reliable sureties.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. F. A. Sodamade granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000, with a surety, affidavit of means, three years tax clearance and two passport photograph.
The matter was adjourned till 15th January, 2015 for hearing.