A 19-year-old boy, Saheed Oladunni, has been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court for allegedly attempting to steal a car at an eatery in Osogbo, Osun State.
In the charge sheet read in court on Monday, Oladunni was accused of attempting to steal the car on January 5, 2013 from where it was parked in front of Ostrich bakery, Osogbo.
The value of the car, which was valued at N1.4m and bearing number-plate Lagos FST 372 AW, belongs to Mr. Baruwa Ademola.
Police prosecutor Isiaka Ajadi said the accused had assaulted a police sergeant, Thompson Igbinazaka, when he was detained.
Ajadi told the court that the accused pretended as though he is mentally unstable when he was brought to court, adding that his action prevented the court from trying him.
Oladunni pleaded not guilty even as his defence counsel, Mr. Bode Babalola, urged the court to allow him (Oladunni) go and get treatment for his affliction.
The charge sheet read, “That you Oladunni Saheed, on the 5th of January, 2013, at about 4:10pm, at Ostrich Bakery, Olonkoro, Osogbo, did attempt to steal one Honda Accord valued at about N1.4m
“That you, Oladunni Saheed, on January 6, 2013 at about 1:15pm, at Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo, did unlawfully assault Sergeant Thompson Igbinazaka, when he was trying to arrest you, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 356 (2) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.”
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs. H. O. Basiru, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50, 000 and two sureties.
She adjourned the case till February 20, 2013, for mention.