Hafsoh Isiaq, Osogbo
A 64 year old staff of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Akinpelu Adesina was on Tuesday arraigned in an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court over alleged theft of electric cable wires.
Other accused arraigned alongside Adesina are Akeem Odeola aged 45, Sanusi Usman aged 19, Sabiu Suleiman aged 19 and Abubakar Ahmadu aged 28.
Police Prosecutor, Inspector Joshua Oladoye briefed the court that the accused persons committed the offense on 19th of November, 2017 at about 1:30pm at IBEDC office, Dada Estate, Osogbo.
Oladoye said the accused persons conspired among themselves to stole electric cable wires belonging to the electricity company without their consent.
He added that the IBEDC staff stole the electric cable wires from his office and sold them to the other accused persons who happened to received the stolen property without any justification.
He also told the court that the offence committed contravened sections 390(9), 516, and 427 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Volume II laws of Osun state, 2003.
The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the three -count charge bothering on theft and conspiracy and felony to receiving stolen property slammed against them.
Counsels to the accused persons, Mr Ranageous Ugwu and Mrs Bose Dada, prayed the court to grant their clients bail in the most liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr Tunde Badmus, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties each in like sum.
Badmus said the sureties must reside within the court jurisdiction with evidence of tax payments and two passports sized photographs, attached with an affidavit of means.
The case was adjourned till 13th of March, 2018 for hearing.