By Shina Abubakar – Osogbo
A palm wine seller, Florence Samuel 28, was indicted before an Osun State Magistrate Court, sitting in Osogbo on Friday for allegedly stealing N150,000, beating a policewoman and ripping her clothes.
Florence was charged along with a 59-year-old man, Ogundipe Ayodele, for allegedly conspiring to steal N150,000 belonging to a Yusuf Taiwo in the Balogun Agoro area, Osogbo, on September 10, 2020, at around 9:45 a.m.
Florence was also indicted for another case under the number MOS / 432c / 2020 on charges bordering on assault, disorderly conduct and damage to the clothing of a female police officer.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Kayode, informed the court that Florence assaulted a Sergeant Olaitan Caroline by hitting her and tearing her clothes while doing her duty in the Balogun Agoro area, Osogbo, on September 10, 2020, around 5 pm
The prosecutor pointed out that the crimes committed are contrary and punishable in articles 356, 249 (D), 251, 516 and 390 (9) of the Penal Code CAP 34 Vol. II Laws of the State of Osun of Nigeria 2002.
However, the two defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
The defense attorneys for the two defendants, Mr. K Nwoke and Mr. Najite Okobe, requested bail for their clients in the most liberal terms and assured the court that they will not be released from the bail.
However, the police objected to the request, claiming that they would jeopardize police evidence if they were granted bail.
The presiding magistrate, Mr. Adebayo Ajala, admitted the two defendants to bail in the amount of N400,000 each with bail of the same amount.
In addition, he granted bail to Florence on the charge of alleged assault on a policewoman with the sum of N100,000 and a bond in the same amount and postponed the case until October 13, 2020 for hearing.