The police have arraigned three teenage students before an Akure Chief Magistrate's Court on charges of assault and obtaining property by force.
They were jointly accused of committing the offence of felony to wit demanding property with menace on May 8 at Akure Commercial Secondary School in the Akure Magisterial District.
According to the police prosecutor, ASP Zakari Ibrahim, the three accused persons threatened one Olomololehin Daniel with a machete and collected his cellphone and wallet.
He said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 406 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol 1 Laws of Ondo State 2006.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ibrahim told the court that he would call four witnesses to prove his case and called for an adjournment.
Counsel to the three accused persons, Mr Adeniran Ojo, did not object to the adjournment, but prayed the court to admit his clients to bail on liberal terms.
The prosecutor objected to the application for bail, saying that others accused persons were at large.
He said that the accused persons might tamper with police investigation if granted bail.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Johnson Adelegan held that there was nothing before him to show that the accused persons would temper with police investigation if admitted to bail.
He, therefore, granted bail to each of the accused persons in the sum of N50,000 and one surety each in like sum.
The surety, he ruled, must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court, depose to affidavit of means and show evidence of payment of tax in the past three years.
Adelegan ordered the court orderly to verify the residential and business addresses of the sureties. He adjourned the case to May 16. (NAN)