Two people have been charged with serial theft in Osun.

Adewumi Boyeji, 28, and Babatunde Owolabi, 28, were brought before an Osogbo Chief Magistrate Court on Friday for the theft of two motorcycles. The bikes had a combined value of N238,000.

Ora-Igbomina, Ifedayo Local Government Area, Osun police say three motorcycles and a vulcanizing machine were stolen from their shop.

Police prosecutor Inspector Akintunde Jacob said that the alleged thefts and conspiracies occurred at various times and places in Ora-Igbomina Town between March and June.

Jacob claims that on March 9 at 9 p.m., the accused stole a vulcanizing machine from Olajide Oluwatope on Papa Street in Ora-Igbomina; the machine was valued at N105,000.

On Oke-Agbala Street in Ora-Igbomina at around 4.30 p.m. on May 15, the suspects are said to have stolen a Jincheng motorcycle belonging to Adeleke Owolabi for the sum of N63,000.

“On April 10 at around 5:20 a.m., the accused stole a Jincheng motorcycle belonging to one Samson Opeyemi, valued at N70,000 from Oke-Kanga Street in Ora-Igbomina.

Ajon Tersee’s Bajaj Boxer motorcycle, worth N200,000, was stolen from Oke-Afin Street, Ora-Igbomina, at around 5:12 a.m. on June 26.

The prosecutor for the police claims that the crimes committed are in violation of Chapter 34, Sections 516, 383, and 390(10A) of the Laws of Osun, 2002.

The accused immediately entered a not guilty plea after hearing the charges against them.

Kehinde Adepoju, their lawyer, has submitted a compassionate bail application over the phone.

Bail was set at N500,000 per person, with two equal sureties, by Chief Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara.

Ayilara added that the sureties must be physically present in the court’s jurisdiction, produce evidence of having paid all applicable taxes, and submit two pictures of passport size to the court.

The hearing has been rescheduled for July 10.


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