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Court jails man for stealing N1.9 million worth of valuables 

The convict was accused of breaking into a welding shop and carting away equipment valued at N1.9 million.

• July 22, 2022
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An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 30-year-old man, Olayemi Cole, to five years imprisonment for stealing valuable items worth N1.9 million.

The Magistrate, I.O Abudu, in her judgement, said that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts, ruling that Mr Cole was guilty as charged and convicted him to five years imprisonment without an option of fine.

Mr Cole, who resided at Sokori Ogbe area of Abeokuta, had pleaded not guilty to the six count charge of burglary and stealing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Lawrence Olu-Balogun, told the court that the convict committed the offences on June 11, at 4:00 a.m. at Sokori area of Abeokuta.

Inspector Olu-Balogun said that the convict burgled a welding shop and carted away three welding machines, grinding machine, one diesel generator, hammer, table vice, all valued N1.5million.

He said the convict also damaged the iron container where the items were kept, and also burgled the shop of another man, Sunday Ogunbayo, on November 23, 2021.

He said that the convict stole 10 refrigerator compressors, six sterilisers and some pipes valued at N400,000, adding that the offences contravened Sections 413, 390 and 451 of the Criminal Law of Ogun, 2006.


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