9th August, 2011
An Ota Magistrates’ Court, Ogun State yesterday discharged a vulcaniser accused of stealing two Nokia handsets, valued at N11,500 belonging to Abdul Rasaq Adebayo.
The court gave the ruling when it learnt that the complainant took the law into his hand by cutting off the fingers of the accused before he was arraigned in court.
The accused, Taoheed Onifade had been standing trial on a three-count charge of stealing before the court.
The prosecutor, Cpl. O. Awoleke told the court that the accused was arrested on 6 July, 2011 at about 6.15 p.m. at 8, Ajayi Close, Off Olomu Road, Ifo for allegedly stealing two Nokia handsets valued at N11, 500 belonging to Abdul Rasaq Adebayo.
The offence is punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun-State of Nigeria, 2006.
He added that it was the fourth time the accused would be arraigned before the court on several offences.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate, Alhaji Akeem Adenariwo, ruled that since the complainant had taken the law into his hand by cutting off the fingers of the accused, he would not jail him because he wonâ€™t be able to work well in prison.
He discharged the accused with no cost.
â€” Kehinde Alatise