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56 Year Man Landed in Ife Prison Over N5m Theft

By Sodiq Lawal

An Osun State Magistrate Court sitting in Ile Ife on Friday remanded a 56-year-old man, John Thompson, in Ile Ife prison for allegedly stealing cash and goods worth N5 million.

The accused, who resides at Opa area of Ile Ife, pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Sunday Osanyituyi told the court that the accused conspired with one other person at large, to steal cash, phones, wristwatches and other items valued at N5million from his cousin’s husband, Olalere Timothy.

According to him, the accused committed the offences on June 20 at Moore area in Ife.

The prosecutor claimed that the accused was stealing the items in bits so that the complainant would not suspect him.

He said the accused stole the items and gave them to his accomplice to keep for him.

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He said that when the complainant confronted everybody in the house, the accused started acting in a suspicious manner, because he had some of the stolen items in his pockets.

“The complainant reported the matter to the Police and the accused was arrested for questioning,’’ he said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Osun State, 2015.

The presiding Magistrate, Mr Ijiyode Olamilekan, ordered the accused to be kept behind bars until October 20, for hearing of his bail application.