Police arraign man for stealing cooking pot at Ibadan Poly Police arraign man for stealing cooking pot at Ibadan Poly
An accused criminal pretending to be scavenging around the premises of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Olalekan Rauf, 33, was Wednesday arraigned before a Magistrate court... Police arraign man for stealing cooking pot at Ibadan Poly

An accused criminal pretending to be scavenging around the premises of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Olalekan Rauf, 33, was Wednesday arraigned before a Magistrate court holden in Iwo-road area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful possession.

The accused was arraigned with charge number MNE/35362017.

The prosecutor, Inspector E. Adeyeye told the court that the defendant and one other person on October 12 around 2pm entered the house of one of the senior staff of the institution to steal some valuable items.

A security officer of the institution who arrested the accused, Mr. Yahaya Taofeek said Rauf pretending to be a scavenger‎ picked some unuseful metals around the institution but later burgled a three bed-room flat belonging to one of the senior staffs of the institution who was outside the state on an education tour.

According to Taofeek, before the defendant was arrested, he had destroyed all the stolen iron and metal items included in the items he stolen so as for people to believe the items are no more useful.

The stolen items include; cooking iron pot, stabilizer, computer set, palm slippers, electricity change over and cooking gas.

He said when he apprehended him, the defendant pleaded that he was going to cooperate with the security of the institution if they promise not to injure him, adding that the other member of the gang had fled.

However, the accused, pleaded not guilty of the charges when it was read to him in court.

The senior magistrate, S. O Babalola granted him N20,000 bail with two surety and adjourned the case to November 20thfor the further hearing.

Nurudeen Adegbenro