Two men, Ademola Fagbemi, 30, and Motilayo Adeokan, have been dragged before an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged conspiracy and property destruction.
The prosecution said the defendants committed the offence on June 3, 2019 at Oyeka Okitipupa, in the Ondo State Magisterial District.
According to the charge sheet, the defendants willfully and unlawfully destroyed a building foundation valued at N600 000 and some palm trees valued at N1,900 000, property of one Kehinde Adekanye.
The alleged offence committed was said to be contrary to and punishable under section 451 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the counts charge when it was read to them.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Taiwo Oniyere, informed the court that three of the four prosecution witnesses were in court. He also requested for time to study the case file.
He, therefore, prayed the court to remand the two defendants in prison since investigation was still going on.
Lawyer representing the defendant, Mr. Wale Omotoso, opposed the application for remand made by the prosecutor.
Omotosho prayed the court to graciously grant the defendants bail in most liberal term, while he urged the court to exercise its discretion in favour of his clients.
In the ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs. J. Adepoju, granted the defendants bail in sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adepoju also ordered that the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court, while they must submit two passport photographs of both the defendants and their sureties, with evidence of tax payment for this current year.
The case was adjourned till October 7, 2019 for hearing.