Teenager in court for burglary

A 19-year-old suspect, Hassan Isawu, was arraigned on Thursday before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court over alleged housebreaking and stealing.

Isawu, whose address was not given, is facing a three-count charge of housebreaking, stealing, and malicious damage.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Akinwale Oriyomi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 5 at about 11:30 am, in Ado-Ekiti.

Oriyomi alleged that the defendant broke into the house of Femi Akindele and stole aluminium frames valued at N500,000. He also alleged that he maliciously damaged an aluminium frame and burglary-proof irons valued at N100,000.

The offences, according to him, contravened sections 322(b), 302(1)(a), and 354(1) of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State 2021.

He urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him to study the case file and assemble his witnesses.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him, while his counsel, Mrs Adunni Olanipekun, urged the court to grant her client bail and promised that the defendant would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Bankole Oluwasanmi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N80,000 with one surety in like sum.

The surety, according to the magistrate, must be a chairman of the Hausa community.

The case was adjourned until July 26.

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