by Stanley Azuakola
This is as bizarre as bizarre gets. The Baale of Imedu-Nla in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, Chief Jimoh Adebayo, has been arraigned by the police at an Owode-Egba Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing a bunch of plantain from a church.
The monarch, according to the police, was actively involved in the theft. In company of two others, he scaled the fence of the church where they allegedly stole the bunch of plantain valued at N2,000. One of them is also accused of threatening and chasing the pastor of the church with a cutlass when he saw them.
According to reports:
Police prosecutor, Sergeant Evidence Onyenmaobi, told the court that the accused, along with two others, including 70-year-old Wahab Atenreti and Surajudeen Ayenreti, 35, allegedly connived to steal the bunch of plantain within the premises of Jubilee Baptist Church in the area on December 31 last year.
The prosecutor argued that the offence contravened Sections 516, 390 (9) and 86 (2) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State, 2006.
The baale and the two others, however, pleaded not guilty to the three counts of conspiracy, stealing and threat to life.
Counsel to the accused, Mr. Ade Agbolade pleaded with the court to grant his clients bail and gave the assurance that they would not jump bail.
Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Adekunte granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Adekunte adjourned the matter till March 21 for further hearing.