Suspect arraigned for allegedly stealing pot in Ibadan

THIRTY-three-year-old Olalekan Rauf, who allegedly pretended to be scavenging on the premises of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, was yesterday arraigned at a Senior Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan.

He was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful possession.

The prosecutor, E. Adeyeye, said the defendant and another at large, on October 12, about 2 pm, entered the house of a senior worker and stole items.

A security officer, who apprehended the suspect, Mr. Yahaya Taofeek, said Rauf, pretending to be a scavenger, picked metals on the institution’s premises and burgled a three-bedroom flat belonging to a senior worker, who was outside the state on an education tour.

Taofeek said before the defendant was arrested, he destroyed the metals, to make people believe they were no more useful.

The suspect was alleged to have stolen items, such as iron pot, stabiliser, computer, a pair of slippers and cooking gas.

Taofeek said when he apprehended Rauf, he pleaded that he would cooperate with security guards if they promised not to injure him, adding that his accomplice fled.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

Senior Magistrate S. O. Babalola granted him bail at N20,000 with two sureties, and adjourned till November 20.

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