Police prosecute man for allegedly stealing vehicle parts worth N2.5m

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

A 31-year-old-man, Tunde Olatunji, is currently facing trial at a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State for allegedly stealing spare parts valued at N2, 500,200.

The police arraigned Olatunji on four counts of conspiracy and stealing.

Police prosecutor, ASP Fagboyinbo Abiodun, said that the defendant conspired with others still at large to break into a mechanic workshop and carted away several vehicle parts, on March 13, at Agunbelewo area of Osogbo.

The charge brought against the defendant read that “Tunde Olatunji and others still at large on March 13, at Agunbelewo area, Osogbo, did conspire to commit felony to wit stealing.

“You and others still at large, at the same time, date and place, did enter into the shop of one Salawudeen Bisi with intent to commit felony and stole top cylinder, 4 alternators, kick starter, two air bank jackets, all totalled N1, 000, 200 property of one Salawudeen Bisi.

“You (Olatunji) did steal CRV Honda motor engine, JVC vehicle parts, engine nozzle and motor battery and radiator, all totaled N1.5million, property of one Ganiyu Olukani.”

The offences are said to be contrary to and punishable under sections 516, 509,390(a) and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State, 2002.

The defendant pleaded not guilty and his counsel, T.B. Ayodele, urged the court to grant him bail, adding that the law presumed him innocent of the allegations until proven contrary.

Magistrate A. A. Adebayo granted Olatunji bail in the sum of N500, 000 with one surety in the same amount. He ruled that the surety must own a landed property which must be verified by the prosecutor.

The matter was adjourned till March 28, for mention.