Eight in court for stealing 1,000 chickens

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Eight persons on Tuesday appeared before an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court in Osun State over the theft of 1,000 chickens from a poultry farm.

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The accused include Odebiyi Yinka, 20; Ayoola Samson, 20; Cecilia Ochilla, 35; and Elizabeth Akira, 30.

Others are: Oyelami Tajudeen, 30; Regina Philip, 40; Grace Odelia, 35; and Akira Hanna, 24.

The accused and others at large are facing charges bordering on stealing.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Taiwo Adegoke, told the court that the accused committed the offence between May and July at Erin-Osun, Osogbo.

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Adegoke said the accused conspired with others now at large to steal 1,000 chickens owned by one Titilayo Akulo.

He said that Odebiyi and Ayoola, who are co-workers at Aluko Poultry Farm, conspired to steal 1,000 chickens valued at about N1.5 million.

The prosecutor said the accused sold the chickens to the six other persons at the total sum of N1.2 million.

He said the offences contravened Sections 516, 390(9), 383(9) and 427 of the Criminal Code cap 34 Vol.11, Laws of Osun, 2003.

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The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

Counsel to the accused, Bose Dada, prayed the court to grant her clients bail in the most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Olusola Aluko, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties each in like sum.

Aluko said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He adjourned the case to November 25 for hearing.

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