By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A 30-year-old man, Afolabi Taiwo, has been dragged before an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court for allegedly storming a primary school in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, southwest Nigeria stealing N200,000 belonging to the owner of the school, Mr. Alao Samson Oladapo.
The Police Prosecutor, Solomon Oladele, an Inspector of Police, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Monday, 10th November, 2014 at about 8a.m, at Surulere community, Tanisin area of Oke Baale, Osogbo.
According to Oladele, the accused allegedly organised some thugs within the neighbourhood and forcefully gained entrance into the private school located in the area.
He said the accused and the thugs maliciously damaged the school’s fence while trying to gain entrance into the school premises.
The damaged fence was valued at about N65, 000.00. The prosecutor also informed the court that Taiwo and others at large caused pandemonium among students of Josephine Nursery and Primary School.
”The accused and his thugs stole the sum of N200, 000.00, owned by the complainant (Oladapo) in his pathfinder jeep, during the raid inside the school compound,” the prosecutor said.
He said the accused committed three count charges of theft, malicious damage, and breach of public peace.
He said the offence committed contravened Sections 390, 4451, and 249(d) of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol. 11, Laws of Osun State, 2003.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the three count charges.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Ibukun Adeniran, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000.00 and two sureties in like amount.
Aluko said the sureties must reside within the court jurisdiction, with evidence of tax payment and two passport photographs, attached with an affidavit of means and the addresses of the sureties verified.
The case was adjourned till 16th December, 2014 for mention.