The police in Ogun State on
Tuesday arraigned a 34-year-old
farmer, Ariyo Fadipe, before an
Abeokuta Magistrate’s Court over
alleged theft of items valued at
N500m, property of the former state
Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Fadipe, whose farmland shares a
fence with Daniel’s uncompleted
hotel, Golf Resort Hotel at Oke
Mosan, was said to have committed
the offence sometimes in April,
2014, at about 6pm.
The prosecutor, Famous Edigbue,
an Inspector of Police, said the
accused person burgled a building
belonging to Daniel and stole
several items, all valued at N500m.
He said, “The accused stole 300
pieces of 32 inches plasma
television, two coffee table plated
with gold, 40 pieces of three-horse
power air conditioner, 30 pieces of
B205 swivel chair and 20 C63 bar
“The accused, a farmer, whose farm
is close to the golf resort, allegedly
burgled the building, where all the
items were stored, and carted away
the items in batches.
Edigbue said acting on a tip-off, the
police traced the accused and
caught him in the act with four 32”
He said the offences contravened
Sections 516, 410, 411 (2) and 390 (3)
of the Criminal Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The accused, who is of no fixed
address, pleaded not guilty to the
two counts of burglary and theft.
The defence counsel, Adebayo
Ogungbemi applied for the bail of
the accused in liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr Babajide Ilo,
granted the accused bail in the sum
of N500,000 with two sureties in
like sum and ordered that the
accused be remanded in Ibara
prison till the perfection of bail.