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Oyo police arraign 2 officials to court for stealing and selling Covid-19 palliatives

by Mustapha Olamide
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The police on Tuesday arraigned two officials of the Oyo state government at an Iwo Road Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, for allegedly stealing and selling 40 bags of sugar from the state’s COVID-19 palliatives.

The defendants are a 50-year-old driver, Adebiyi Azeez, and Sunday Akinleye, a 43-year-old Assistant Protocol Officer responsible for monitoring palliatives at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

TheNews Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defendants were charged alongside a trader, Kafayat Babalola, for allegedly receiving and buying the stolen items.

The defendants face a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen goods.

Prosecutor ASP Sunday Ogunremi told the court that Adebiyi and Akinleye conspired to commit the offences.

Ogunremi said: “Adebiyi and Akinleye stole 40 bags of Dangote Sugar, valued at N60,000, being COVID-19 palliatives and property of Oyo government .

“The duo used the official vehicle of the Ministry of local government and Chieftaincy Affairs to convey the products to the customer .

“The third defendant, Mrs. Kafayat Babalola, a trader at Agbeni market, Ibadan, received the 40 bags of sugar, knowing that they weren’t purchasable , being property of the government ,” said Ogunremi.

He said the offence contravened sections 516, 390 (9) and 427 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State, 2000.

Ogunremi said the offence was committed on December 30 at the Ministry of government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.

Chief Magistrate Mr. Taiwo Oladiran granted the defendants bail within the sum of N20,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.

He adjourned the matter till February 8 for hearing.

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