Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Govt House theft: Court rules on suspects’ bail application today

A new twist has been added to the theft of $50,000 in the Ekiti State Government House as the prosecution has amended the charge filed against three suspects standing trial.
Besides stealing, the first two accused persons, Bamidele Oguntuase and Afolabi Sunday, have now been slammed with burglary and conspiracy charges.

The third supect, Shuaibu Amidu, a bureau de change operator, was charged with receiving stolen money.

An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates ‘Court has fixed today for ruling on a bail application by the suspects.

They have been remanded in prison custody when the case first came up for hearing on January 11.
Shuaibu was alleged to have assisted Bamidele and Afolabi in changing $20,000 of the $50,000 to Naira at Mugbagba in Ado-Ekiti.

At the resumed sitting yesterday, a formal charge sheet was substituted by the prosecuting counsel, Osobu Samson, with FORM K, Section 264 (1) and (2) for remand of the accused.

Defence counsel- Oluwatosin Osundahunsi and Emmanuel Oladele- applied for bail.

They urged the court to exercise its discretion in granting the bail, saying burglary and conspiracy are bailable offences.

Besides, they argued that the court has jurisdiction to admit the accused to bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Adesoji Adegboye, adjourned the case till today for ruling on the bail application.

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