Two traditional chiefs docked over alleged malicious damage, property theft

Two traditional chiefs from Igbore town in Abeokuta, Ogun State, have been brought before an Abeokuta Chief Magistrates Court on Wednesday over alleged malicious damage to the family house of Mr Waheed Balogun.

The defendants, Seyi Onifade, 50, and Kehinde Sofenwa, 57, whose addresses were not provided, are facing a five-count charge of malicious damage, stealing, conspiracy, forceful entry, and causing breach of peace.

The prosecutor, Inspector Olaide Rawlings, told the court that the duo committed the offences sometime in October at about 10:30 am in the Oke-Itoku area of Abeokuta.

Rawlings said that the defendants conspired with others, now at large, to damage the family property of Waheed Balogun by removing the roofing sheet and planks without the complainant’s consent.

She further stated that the defendants also stole the roofing sheet and planks, valued at N2.5 million.

Rawlings added that they conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by deliberately demolishing the house of the Balogun family.

The offences, according to her, contravene sections 451, 383, 516, 249, and 81 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs E.O. Idowu, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N3 million each, with two sureties each in like sum.

Idowu, and thereafter, adjourned the case until January 16, 2024, for hearing.

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