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March 1, 2024

Why I stole banana, teenager jailed 3 months begs Ondo court

Why I stole banana, teenager jailed 3 months begs Ondo court

—-Two docked over alleged phone theft during Akeredolu’s burial

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

An 18 year old local drummer in Ondo town, Ondo state, Ayomide Akimduro, sentenced to three months imprisonment for stealing plantain, has said that he stole because he was hungry.

The prosecutor, Moremi Akao, told an Ondo Chief Magistrate Court, that the convict, stole plantain at the Mega Primary School in Ondo town.

According to the prosecutor, the convict committed the offence on February 21, 2024, at about 1:20pm, at Ayeyemi in Ondo town.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Mosunmola Ikujuni, in her judgment, found the accused guilty and sentenced him to three months imprisonment with an option of N50,000 fine.

Magistrate lkijuni, told the prison officials to released then convict after the payment of the fine.

Akinduro, who admitted committing the offence, prayed the court for leniency, saying, he would not do such again.

Prostrating in the dock, the convict pleaded, “I only pray for forgiveness for all I have done.

” I entered the school compound to cut plantain because I’m hungry.

The charm they saw on me is for bad thing not to happen to me. I don’t know what happened.

The prosecutor, Moremi Akao, thereafter, urged the court to give judgment, according to the plea of the defendant.
**** Two docked over phone theft

In another development, two middle-aged men, Oluseye Adefila and Monsuru Fashola, have been arraigned before an Akure Magistrate Court over alleged cell phone theft

The defendants who specialized in stealing cell phones and other valuables in public functions, were arrested by the personel of the State security outfit codenamed, Amotekun during the burial of the late former governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

They were charged to court on two counts of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecuting counsel, P.O. Nwofor, informed the court that the defendants committed the offence on February 23, 2024, at about 12:pm, during the funeral church service for the late Governor, Akeredolu, at Saint Andrew Church, Owo.

Nwofor said the duo who had succeeded in stealing many phones, conspired to steal a cell phone belonging to one Miss Elizabeth, one of the congregants during the funeral service.

The offence, according to the charge contravenes Sections 516 and 509 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State,2006.

The defendant pleaded not guilty on both charges.

Their counsel, A. Ilemobayo, prayed the court to admit the defendants to bail in the most liberal terms.

The trail Magistrate, Damilola Sekoni, granted the defence counsel’s prayer and granted both defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.