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Court frees 2 suspected vandals in Ibadan

25 February 2014, 14:20

Ibadan - The Federal High Court in Ibadan  on Monday discharged two  accused persons standing trial for  pipe line vandalism  and oil theft.

The duo, who have been undergoing  prosecution for over a year, are Bamidele Kolawole and Nurudeen Omotoso.

Justice Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo  said that the evidence before her did not prove  the defendants were guilty of any of the offences levelled against them.

“I have carefully considered all the facts presented by the prosecution and I see that nothing really linked the defendants with the crime.

"There were no pictures of the site of vandalism  and the tools used were not presented.

"I also observed that the two defendants neither conspired nor dealt in petroleum products,” Obaseki-Adejumo said.

She said that she was convinced that Kolawole and Omotoso were victims of circumstances.

"I order that all the exhibits of five kegs of petrol  and vehicle found with them be sold and the money be deposited in  the account of the Federal Government,” the judge said.

The counsel to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Adedeji Olayiwola, had earlier told the court that the duo were  arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful tampering, willful destruction and unlawful dealing in petrol.

Olayiwola added that Kolawole and Omotoso were arrested on February 19,  2013, at Afijio area of  Oyo State.

The prosecutor further explained that the defendants were found in the bush with the petrol  and a Mazda car.

According to him, the offences contravened sections 518 (6), 3, 7 (a)  and (b) and 17 a of the Miscellaneous Offences Acts, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,  2004.

-  NAN

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