In Ekiti State, the police command has brought 32-year-old Fatoyebi Kola before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on charges of stealing generators. The defendant, without a fixed address, faced a one-count charge of stealing during the arraignment.
The police prosecutor, ASP Caleb Leramo, disclosed that the alleged theft occurred on December 24 at 9:00 a.m. in Orun-Ekiti. According to Mr. Leramo, the defendant pilfered three tiger generators valued at approximately N300,000 from the shop of the complainant, Ajibade Gbenga. The charges levied against Fatoyebi Kola fall under Section 324(1) and (2) of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State, 2021.
During the court session, the defendant entered a plea of not guilty, representing himself without legal representation. The police prosecutor requested an adjournment to study the case file and gather witnesses.
Chief Magistrate Saka Afunso granted bail to the defendant, setting the amount at N50,000 with one surety required to provide an equal sum. The case has been adjourned to January 8 for a hearing.
The incident underscores the commitment of law enforcement in Ekiti State to address theft cases promptly. As legal proceedings unfold, it remains crucial for individuals to uphold ethical standards, and the justice system will play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of the case against Fatoyebi Kola.