By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A middle aged man, Ojo Taofeek has been sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour by an Osogbo Magistrate Court for attempting to break a shop with the aim of stealing wares.
Taofeek was said to have committed the offence on 13th September, 2014 at about 2am at Okinni junction, Osogbo.
The charge sheet obtained by our correspondent reads in part: “That you Ojo Taofeek, on 13th September, 2014 at about 2am at Okinni junction, Osogbo in the Osogbo Magisterial District dis attempt to commit felony by destroying the padlocks and attempting to break into a shop belonging to one Asewole Modupe (female) of 5 Ayelabowo street Okinni, osogbo.”
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Ofomala Iyabowale, argued that the accused had committed an offence which was punishable under Section 509 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun state, Nigeria, 2003.
When Taofeek was arraigned before Magistrate Mohammed Lasis on 2nd October, 2014, he pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of felony and was granted bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in the like amount.
But Taofeek who received a gun shot on his left leg by a vigilante man when he was trying to gain access to the shop changed his plea to guilty when the case was called for hearing.
The prosecutor told the court that Taofeek was a rogue and had been arrested for stealing by the police before he committed the last crime.
Meanwhile, counsel to the accused, Mr. Reginald Ngwu prayed the court to temper justice with mercy saying that he was sober for his deeds.
Presiding Magistrate Lasisi however pronounced that Taofeek be jailed for five years with hard labour to serve as lesson for other criminals.