By Bamidele Kolawole
For allegedly stealing and damaging property worth N525,000 belonging to one Ayotunde Obayemi, a 28-year-old trader, Blessing Ngozi has been brought before an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The accused person who was brought before Magistrate Sunday Adedapo, by the Nigeria Police, is facing a six count-charge of felony and damaging among others.
She was also accused of displaying in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by chasing a customer out of a shop belonging to Ayotunde Obayemi, inflicting open injuries all over the customer’s body using cutlass.
According to the prosecution, the accused person committed the offence at 73, Obanla Street in Akure Magisterial District, on May 24, 2015.
The charge sheet stated that the alleged offence is contrary to and punishable under Sections 516, 335, 252, 355, 451, 249(d), 383 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol I, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
The accused person was also alleged of damaging 27 plastics chairs valued at N55,000, assorted drinks estimated at N20,000 and stole an i-pad phone valued at N150,000 together with a N20,000 golden wrist watch.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to her.
The police Prosecutor, Supol Pelumi Adejuwon urged the court for an adjournment of the case to enable him assemble his witnesses and study the case file properly.
Counsel to the accused person, Barr (Mrs) Grace Obanigba, urged the court to grant her client bail in most liberal term, assuring that credible and reliable surety will be provided and that the accused person will not jump bail.
In his ruling, the Presiding Magistrate, Mr Sunday Adedapo, granted the accused bail in a sum of N300,000 with one surety in like sum.
He thereafter adjourned the case till November 2, 2015.