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Court remands apprentice in prison over alleged theft

04 October 2013, 17:26

Mararaba - A Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Aso Pada, Mararaba in Nasarawa State, on Friday remanded an apprentice, Segun Odutola, 19, of Aso Pada, for allegedly stealing car battery and stereo.

The Prosecutor, PC Friday Adaji, told the court that the matter was reported on Oct. 1 by one Ade Oye of Aso Pada at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Mararaba.

"On Sept. 26 at about 11 p.m., Oye packed his Nissan Sunny car with registration number VV 985 EKY in front of his house.

"Odutola criminally opened the car and stole the battery of the said car, valued at N12,000 and car stereo valued at N10,000.

"Odutola was later arrested in Aso Pada with the stolen items,” Adaji alleged.

He said that the offence contravened provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, the accused could spend up to seven years in jail.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty, saying "I am not the one that stole those things.

"I saw some people running and they abandoned the battery and car stereo on the ground that is why I carried them.

"I swear, I am not the one that opened the car and stole them,” he stated.

Adaji opposed the bail of the accused, saying "the accused has been standing trials upon trials in this honourable court.

"The accused once destroyed and vandalised one of the windows of the court and escaped while facing trial.

"If bail is granted, the accused person is likely to jump bail or abscond and the case will be jeopardised,” he submitted.

The presiding officer, Albert Maga, denied the accused bail and ordered him to be remanded in Keffi Prisons.

Maga adjourned the case to Oct. 24 for hearing.


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