By Sodiq Lawal
A septuagenarian man, Abdullah Muhammad has been arraigned before an Osun State magistrate court I sitting in Ile-Ife for allegedly stealing 20 cows.
According to the complainant, Alhaji Teliatu Akanji said he bought 6 females cows for the accused person 12 years ago based on agreement that whenever the cows give birth to young ones, they will share it equal and the cows gave birth to 28 which they divided into two making 14 each while the initial 6 cows were retained by the accused to continue rearing.
He explained that the accused told him that he could not rear the cows again because of his age adding that he has surrendered them to his son to continue rearing the cows in Gboogan, Ayedaade Local Government, Osun State.
He said when he got to the son who is residing in Gboogan, he could not found the son and the cow.
Akanji added ” when I did not see my cows, I went to the accused house and he told me that he has never sighted his son and the cows for over four month, then I reported to the police where we had an agreement that he should be returning two cows every month, but he only returned just two cows in two month, when I discovered that he did not turn up with the agreement, that was why we brought the case to court”
“The remaining cows that am yet to collect is 18 and each cow value at N200,000. It is either he returned the cows or pay N3.6 million as the cost value of the cows.”
A Police Inspector from Zone 11, Osogbo, Inuebimi Tomola told the court that when he investigated the case, it was discovered that the son of the accused person carted away the cows and flee.
He explained to the court that he invited both the accused and the complainant which they both agreed that the accused will be returning two cows each every month but the accused was able to return two cows and the breach of the agreement compelled them to approach the court
Defense Counsel to the accused person, Mr Ola Ibrahim argued that the accused was brought before the court not for alleged stealing but for breach of agreement.
In her ruling, presiding Magistrate Dorcas Ajiboye adjourned the case to 28th July, 2017 explaining that the long adjournment was a result of her already scheduled training workshop.