Police Nab, Drag Suspected Burglar To Court For Stealing N2m Property

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

Men of the Osun state police command has dragged a middle aged man, Dapo Awoyale before an Osogbo Magistrate court for allegedly burgling homes and carting away properties worth two million naira.

The suspect was said to have single handedly burgled the apartment of a man identified as Fayemi Oyeniyi situated at 2, Deliverance Church Street, Onward area, Osogbo the state capital on 24th July, 2014.

The court was informed by the police prosecutor, Mr. Oladoye Joshua that Awoyale stole the victim’s properties worth N153,500 before storming another home in the same area.

The prosecution said when Awoyale robbed another victim, Odeniyi Olufemi who resides within the Onward area, he dispossessed the victim of his Mercedes Benz C280, with registration number, KJA 958 BE valued at N1.5 million.

Awoyale was also accused of stealing Olufemi’s belongings like two Techno phones, two ATM cards, national identity card with HP laptop when he burgled his apartment.

Oladoye then told the court that Awoyale had committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 411(2), 390(10A) and 390(a) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol.11 Laws of Osun state of Nigeria 2003.

Awoyale pleaded not guilty to the three count charge bothering on burglary and stealing slammed against him by the police.

The defence counsel, Mrs. Nnenna Ngwu sought the bail of the accused saying Awoyale was considered innocent of the allegations until proven contrary by the court.

Ngwu stressed that the accused was ready to provide credible sureties that would stand his bail if granted.

However, the police prosecutor opposed the bail application on the ground that all the alleged stolen items were yet to be recovered by the police expressing concern that Awoyale may abuse the bail if granted.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Ademola Olowolagba rejected the prosecution’s prayer and granted the accused bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in the like sum.

The court further ruled that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level six. The case was adjourned till 29th September, 2014 for mention.

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