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Police Arraign 5 for Stealing N450, 000, Stabbing Customers at Pavilion Bar in Osogbo



By Oluwamayowa Ojo

For allegedly stealing a sum of N450, 000 and damaging property worth N500, 000, five suspects were on Monday arraigned at an Osogbo magistrate court.

The suspects included a teenager, Kabiru Owoo (19), 20-year-old Adewale Samuel, Opeyemi Moses (22), Alex lucky (24) and Abiodun Oladosu (25).

According to the charge sheet read in court, the accused persons also assaulted one Mr Sunday Olufemi by stabbing him with broken bottle and causing injury on his face.

The suspects allegedly committed the offence on October 17, 2016 at Pavilion Bar and Loungues, Oke-Fia, Osogbo.

They also threatened the lives of customers at the bar with broken bottles and other dangerous weapons, according to the charge sheet.

On October 20, the charge sheet alleged that the suspects also stabled another customer of the bar, Abiodun Adelowo, on the neck, head and other part of the body which resulted to severe injury at around 12:30am.

The accused persons also damaged a plasma television, plastic chairs, fancy wine glasses and some bottles all valued at N500, 000, alleged the charge sheet.

It alleged that the suspects conducted themselves in manner likely to cause breach of the peace at pavilion bar and lounge, an offence contrary to and punishable under section 249(d)of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol II Law of osun State Nigeria 2003.

The charge sheet stated that the stealing allegation was contrary to and punishable under Section 390 (9), while the assault allegation was to and punishable under section 355, and the unlawful damage accusation was punishable under Section N451 of the Criminal Code.

But the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful damage, stealing, assault and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

Defence counsel, Mr Bola Abimbola prayed the court to release the suspects on bail, promising that liable sureties would stand for them.

Abimbola said the accused persons remained innocent until proofed guilty in a court of law.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun did not opposed the bail application, stating that bail was at the discretion of the court.

Presiding magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko ruled that the accused persons should continue with the police bail.

Aluko then adjourned the case till December 12, 2016 for hearing.

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