Ondo, Nigeria – Police have arrested and arraigned three (3) students, Kolawole Akinsoto, 16, Ayolere Oluwole, 16 and Abayomi Ogungbire, 15 In Ondo town for stealing beverages.
The trio were arraigned before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State for stealing some beverages worth five hundred and twenty thousand naira (N520,000).
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the police charged the defendants, whose addresses were not given, with felony, burglary and theft.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendants, on November 15, 2022, around 06.00 a.m. at Irepodun Street, Ayeka in Okitipupa magisterial district, conspired to commit felony and theft.
Mr Orogbemi said the defendants broke into a beverage shop belonging to Mercy Obolo and stole packs of Coke, a carton of detergents, tomato paste, Bournvita, Milo and milk cans and other beverages worth N520,000.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Chris Ojuola, blamed the defendants’ parents for failing to supply and provide for the needs of their wards.
He asked Durodola Akinsoto, 54, Prophetess, Kemi Obolo, 35, businesswoman and Victoria Makinwa, 60, farmer, to stand as sureties for the defendants.
The magistrate asked the parents to pay the sum of N50,000 each as bail.
He adjourned the case until January 24 for further hearing of the case.