2 Epe Elders Charged With N6m Theft, Burglary


The police at Area ‘J’ Command, Elemoro, Lekki, Ajah, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, have arraigned two Epe prominent elders, Chief Adeshina Ojasanwo, 75, Alhaji Ishola Shagilegbo, 70 and Femi Balogun, 22, before an Igbosere magistrate’s court on a five-count charge of threat to life, unlawful assault, wilful damages, breaking, entry and stealing.

The police prosecutor alleged that the accused persons were arrested following a written complaints lodged by Alhaji Kewulere Bakare that the defendants on 18 September, 2012 broke into his house on 14 Kewulere Street, Ayegbami, Odo Obara, Epe, Lagos to threaten his life, damage doors and windows of his house and in the process, stole his N6 million, one international passport and a driver’s licence.

He also claimed the defendants beat and injured his security guard identified as Jimoh Musiliu on his right hand.

The offences committed by the accused, according to the prosecuting police officer, Corporal Alomage Jerome, contravened Sections 409, 351, 337, 307 and 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them in the open court.

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Counsel to the defendants,  O. O. Salu, who led two others prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms, stating that the allegations against them were not only frivolous but lack substances vis-a-vis with their ages.

The presiding magistrate, Mr. A. A. Adefulire, grant them bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety who must show proof of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

He adjourned the matter till 8 November, 2012 for mention.

—Paul Iyoghojie