Scavenger Arraigned Over Alleged Stealing

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By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan

A 33-year-old man, Olalekan Rauf who allegedly pretended to be a scavenger has been arraigned by police for stealing.

The accused who was arrested around the premises of The Polytechnic, Ibadan was on Wednesday brought before the Magistrate’s Court in Iwo-road area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Rauf was arraigned on a two count change of conspiracy to steal and unlawful possession with charge number MNE/35362017.

The prosecutor, inspector E. Adeyeye told the court that the defendant and one other person on October 12 around 2pm entered the house of one of the senior staff of the institution to steal some valuable items.

A security officer of the institution who arrested the defendant, Mr. Yahaya Taofeek said the defendant pretended as a scavenger‎ who picks some discarded metals around the institution but later burgled a three bed-room flat belonging to one of the senior staff of the institution who went on an education tour.

Taofeek said before the defendant was arrested, he had destroyed all the stolen iron and metals items included in the items he had stolen so as for people to believe the items are no more useful.

Among the stolen items were; cooking iron pot, stabilizer, computer set, palm slippers, electricity change over, cooking gas.

He said when he apprehended him, the defendant pleaded that he was going to cooperate with the security of the institution if they promise not to injure him, adding that the other member of the gang had fled.

The accused, Olalekan Rauf pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The senior magistrate, S. O Babalola granted him N20,000 bail with two surety and adjourned the case to November 20th for further