From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
A septuagenarian couple, Pa and Mrs George Fakorede have been dragged before a Magistrate court sitting in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, southwest Nigeria for the roles they played in an armed robbery act allegedly carried out by their two children.
The accused couple who were arraigned alongside their daughter, Fakorede George by the Osun state police were alleged to have been in possession of their children’s loot which include eight different mobile phones, charms, generator and a damaged handcuff among other items.
Opeyemi, on her part, was said to have conspired with her elder brother who is now at large and carried out armed robberies in some major towns in the state.
Opeyemi and her brother were slammed with two counts of conspiracy and armed robbery while their parents were facing one count charge of unlawful possession of stolen items.
The police prosecution stated in the court through the charge sheet obtained by our correspondent that other items like ark, saw, two photo cameras, three electrical clippers, three phones chargers, one MP3, complete home theatre, welding machine, refridgerator, 62-inch LCD television were recovered from the accused couple in their apartment on 20th April, 2014.
One of the victims of the armed robbery, Oluwasogo Awofadeju who was at the court on Friday, 2nd May, 2014 told our correspondent that Opeyemi alongside with her elder brother invaded his house at Oke-anu area in Ilesha, Osun state around 7:30pm on 23rd March, 2014 and whisked away his vehicle and mobile phone.
According to Awofadeju, he received a matchete cut from the hoodlums. He said the car stolen was a Highlander Jeep with registration number Lagos, LSR 88 AL.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Isiaka Ajadi had told the court that the couple had committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 430(I) of the Criminal Code Cap. 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
Inspector Ajadi stressed that Opeyemi committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1(I)(2) Act of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act R.1 Vol. 14 Laws of Federal of Nigeria, 2004.
But the accused couple pleaded not guilty to their charge while the plea of Opeyemi could not be taken owing to the severe nature of the alleged offence.
Meanwhile, the counsel that represented the trio, Mrs Nnenna Ngwu applied for the bail of the couple arguing that bail was their constitutional right to enable them stand their trial.
Consequently, the presiding Magistrate Adebayo Lasisi granted the couple bail in the sum N200,000 with two sureties each in the like sum each. The court stressed that one of the two sureties must be a land owner within the court’s jurisdiction.
He therefore ordered that Opeyemi be remanded in Ilesha prison custody and adjourned case till 8th July, 2014 for hearing.