Two men, Emmanuel Chukwuebuka, 23, and Olufemi Bayode, 28, were on Tuesday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged stealing of a generator and building materials valued at N720,000.
The defendants, of unknown addresses, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp Akinwale Oriyomi, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Nov.12 at about 11:00 a.m. in Ado-Ekiti.
He said that the defendants stole white cement, 70kg of filler and a Tiger generator, all valued at N720,000, property of one Emmanuel Durojaiye.
Oriyomi further stated that the defendants conspired together to steal the items while working for Durojaiye at a site.
According to him, the offences contravene sections 302(1)(a) and 421 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State, 2021.
The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Counsel to the defendants, Mrs Adunni Olanipekun, urged the court to grant them bail, with a promise that they would be available to attend trial.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Bankole Oluwasanmi, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N80,000 each, with one surety each in like sum.
He, thereafter, adjourned the case till Jan. 17, 2024 for hearing. (NAN)