11-year-old boy arrested for stealing tubers of yam

An 11-year-old boy and his father, Akanro Bode, were docked in an Ado-Ekiti chief magistrates’ court for allegedly stealing tubers of yam worth N250,000.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy and theft.

The prosecution counsel, Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on October 22 at about 4:00 a.m. at Channel 8 Ajebamidele Area in Ado-Ekiti.

Mr Akinwale alleged that the defendants both stole two bags of yam and yam seedlings worth N250,000 belonging to one Bolarinwa Omotayo.

He also alleged that the defendants stole some tubers of yam and a bunch of plantains valued at N250,000 belonging to Arowosade Idowu.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Sections 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

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The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Their counsel, Stephen Ademuagun, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.

The chief magistrate, Michael Faola, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N50,000 each with one surety each in like sum.

He adjourned the case until November 18 for a hearing.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

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