Two farmers, Ahmed Alata, 53, of No. 7B, Niger road, Ilorin and Ganiyu Raji, 55 of Idi Ape, Amoyo, have been remanded at the Federal Prison Yard, Ilorin for allegedly stealing a tractor.
The order to remand the accused was made by an Ilorin Magistrates’ court before which they were arraigned on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, negligent conduct, mischief and theft, which contradicted Sections 97, 196, 327 and 287 of Penal Code Law.
The accused were indicted following a complaint on January 8,2018 at Divisional Police Headquarters, Ganmo, Kwara State by the Vice Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAAN), Kwara State, Mr. Samuel Bamidele of Oke-Ola Area, Oro, Kwara State that the accused caused the disappearance of the tractor given to the association by the state government.
According to the complainant, sometimes in the month of August, 2017 the Kwara State Government assisted their association by providing three Mahindra tractors for cultivation during the 2017 farming season, which each of the tractors cost N2.6 million.
The complainant stated that Ahmed (first accused) being a member of the association was entrusted with the one allocated to the Amoyo area for cultivation.
The complainant stated further that sometimes in the month of December, 2017 the said tractor developed mechanical fault and it was parked in front of one uncompleted filling station at Amoyo where it was stolen by unknown thieves.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that during the course of investigation at Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin it was revealed that the accused criminally conspired and parked the tractor in front of an uncompleted filling station negligently without employing any security guard, while one Mukaila Salaudeen removed the steering of the tractor where it was parked without the knowledge of other members of the association.
The prosecutor, Oderinde Abideen, who had informed the court that investigation into the matter was yet to be completed, objected bail of the accused and urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation.
The trial Magistrate, Mrs. M.F. Adebola agreed with the submission of the prosecutor and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison Yard, Ilorin until the next adjourned date.
The court adjourned the case till May 14 for further mention.
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