On Monday, a 32-year-old man named Bello Ismaila was brought before the Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court by the police, who accused him of receiving stolen cattle. The incident allegedly occurred around 5pm on May 21 at Ogotun Ekiti, when the defendant received two stolen cattle from Abdulkadril Buba. The police prosecutor, Johnson Okunade, stated that this action violated Section 343(1) of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State 2021. Okunade requested an adjournment to review the case file and gather witnesses.
The defendant pleaded not guilty, and his counsel, Toyin Oluwole, requested bail for his client, assuring the court that he would not flee. Chief Magistrate A.O Adeosun granted the defendant bail in the amount of N100,000, with one surety providing the same sum. The case was adjourned until June 13 for the hearing.
Furthermore, two teenagers named Abdullahi and Bashiru were also presented before an Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for the alleged crimes of stealing and unlawful entry. The police prosecutor, Sodiq Adeniyi, stated in court that the defendants committed the offense on June 3, around 12 noon, at Lane 9, Ifesowapo Area, Bovas Junction in Ado Ekiti. Adeniyi claimed that the defendants stole items such as drinkers, feeders, galvanized nets, and feeding trays, valued at N100,000, which belonged to a person named Falade-Daf Tayo.
Adeniyi further alleged that the defendants unlawfully entered the complainant’s house by jumping over the fence, thereby contravening Sections 302(1a) and 65 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State 2021. The prosecutor requested an adjournment to examine the case file and present witnesses.
The defendants pleaded not guilty, and their counsel, Opeyemi Esan, urged the court to grant them bail, assuring that they would not evade it. Magistrate Dolapo Babalogbon granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N50,000, with two sureties each providing the same amount. The case was adjourned until August 2.