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  • Updated: April 15, 2024

Man, 52, lands in court for stealing batteries worth N2m

Man, 52, lands in court for stealing batteries worth N2m

Bamidele Adeleke, 52, appeared on Monday before a Grade 'A' Customary Court in Iyaganku, Ibadan, for allegedly stealing 200 high voltage batteries worth N2 million.

Adeleke, whose address was not supplied, is accused of theft.

The Prosecutor, Philip Amusan, informed the court that the defendant committed the crime on April 8 at the University of Ibadan vicinity.

Amusan said Adeleke stole batteries from I.H.S Telecommunications.

He claimed that the offence violated Section 390(9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The defendant pled not guilty to the charges.

Mrs Moji Aworemi, the Court President, granted the defendant N500,000 bail with two sureties.

Aworemi adjourned the case to May for a hearing. 

In a related report, on Friday, the Iyaganku Magistrates' Court in Ibadan remanded three men, Jiya Adams, 44; Joseph Abidoye, 39; and Femi Adetunji, 40, in a correctional institution on accusations of suspected kidnapping.

The defendants, whose addresses were not revealed, are charged with conspiracy, armed robbery, and abduction.

Magistrate Olaolu Olanipekun, who did not accept the defendants' allegation of lack of jurisdiction to adjudicate in the matter, asked the prosecution to duplicate the case file and send it to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal guidance.

Olanipekun then postponed the case until May 13, for consideration.

The prosecution counsel, ASP Anthony Igori, had previously informed the court that the accused allegedly committed the act on Feb. 6, at about noon, at Saco Nigeria Ltd., Ibadan.

Igori claimed that the defendants and others at large, armed with pistols and other hazardous weapons, attacked an expatriate and proprietor of Saco Ltd., Mr Mohammed Il-Saheed, stole his Samsung cell phone valued at N800,000, and abducted him.

The prosecution informed the court that the defendants reportedly collected a N35 million ransom from Il-Saheed's employers before releasing him after six days in captivity.

He claimed the acts violated Sections 6(B) and 1(2) of Nigeria's Robbery and Firearms Laws, 2004. According to him, the acts also violated Section 4(2) of the Oyo State Kidnapping Prohibition Law of 2016.

Meanwhile, Christopher Ogunmodede and Musa Abdullahi appeared in Ibadan's Iyaganku Magistrate's Court on Friday after allegedly stealing nine litres of fuel worth N12,600.

The defendants, whose addresses were not revealed, have been charged with conspiracy and theft. They pled not guilty to the accusation.

The prosecution, Inspector Gbemisola Adedeji, informed the court that the defendants committed the crimes on April 6 at about 9:00 p.m. at First Technical University in Ibadan.

Adedeji accused the defendants of conspiring to steal the university's fuel. She claimed that the acts violated sections 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The Magistrate, Adebola Adeola, granted each defendant N50,000 bail and one surety and adjourned the case until June 7 for a hearing.

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