Septuagenarian, two sons jailed six months for felony, theft

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An Igede-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court in Ekiti State on Wednesday sentenced a 70-year-old man, Adeyeye Olorunyomi, and his two sons – Akindele, 30 and Ojo – to six months imprisonment for conspiring among themselves to commit a felony.

They were arraigned before Magistrate Adesola Omotoso on a six-count charge of forcibly entering a farm belonging to one Oluwadare Olowookere and Adekunle Olowookere.

Prosecuting Sergeant Olubu Apata said the offence was committed between February 25 and 27.

Apata said the convicts stole three timber of trees valued at N100,000 belonging to the complainant.

The prosecutor added that the convicts also obstructed Inspector Aliyu Umar and four other police officers from effecting their arrest after a complaint was lodged against them at the Igede Ekiti Police Station.

The Court heard that the convicts also conduct themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by marking 28 timber planks of wood with a cutlass on the farmland of the complainant.

Apata added that the convicts did unlawfully damage the economic trees such as cocoa trees, kola nut trees, banana trees and cocoa yam trees belonging to the complainant.

The convicts, Apata said, claimed that the land was given to the complainant by their great grandfather but the complainant countered that the land has been in their possession for over 100 years.

The convicts pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Omotoso sentenced each convict on count one, two and three to six-month imprisonment, while in counts four, five and six, they were discharged.

The sentence, she said, would run concurrently without an option of fine.

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