Justice O.O. Odumosu of a Magistrate Court sitting in the Ogun State capital, Isabo Area of Abeokuta, on Wednesday had reportedly sentenced two persons, Adegoke Akinleye and Adediran Adewole, for stealing 404 pieces of catfish valued at N606,000 belonging to their boss, Ibukun Sanusi.
The convicts, who were workers on a farm located in Ilewo, Abeokuta, were arraigned on two counts of felony and stealing.
The prosecutor, Olakunle Shonibare, told the court that the offences committed on January 24, 2023, contravened Sections 516(1) and 382(2) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State.
The charge read in part, “That you, Akinleye Adegoke, Adewole Adediran and others at large on January 24, 2023 at about 12noon at Abidelep Farm and Agro-Service Limited, Ilewo, Orile, Abeokuta in the magisterial district did conspire to commit felony and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 516(1) of the Criminal Laws of Ogun State.
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That you, Akinleye Adegoke, Adewole Adediran and others at large on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district did steal 404 pieces of catfish valued at N606,000 property of one Mrs Sanusi Ibukun and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 382(2) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State.”
In her judgment, Odumosu reportedly sentenced both convicts to six months imprisonment each for the first count and one-year imprisonment each for the second count.
She, however, granted an option of fine for the convicts to the tune of N10,000 each for each jail term provided they can pay back the N606,000 to the complainant.