A 23-year-old labourer, Oluwambe Akide, was on Thursday arraigned before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ondo State, for alleged burglary and stealing of a gas cylinder and other items.
The defendant of no fixed address is facing a two-count charge of burglary and stealing but pleaded not guilty.
Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Zedekiah Orogbemi, informed the court that the defendant committed the offences on Sept. 27, 2023, at about 10.00am at No. 24, Odesanmi Street in Okitipupa.
According to him, the defendant burgled the room of one Miss Blessing Sunday and stole a gas cylinder and clothes, all valued at N53,000, adding that the defendant broke into the room of one Miss Damilola Solomon and stole an audio player worth N26,000.
Orogbemi said the offences were punishable under Sections 411 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Cletus Ojuola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 and one surety in like sum.
He ordered that the surety must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the state government and then adjourned the case until Jan.18 for hearing.