A 45 year-old man, Segun Tawonisere, on Friday, appeared before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State for allegedly stealing planks and roofing sheets worth N450,000.

The defendant, whose address and occupation were not given, is facing a two-count charge, bordering on felony and stealing.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendant, on April 21, around 9.30 p.m., along Okitipupa-Ikoya road in Okitipupa, Okitipupa magisterial district, committed felony and stealing.

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Orogbeni said that the defendant and one other, now at large, entered a building site and stole the planks and roofing sheets, property of one Eniola Akinsanya.

The prosecutor said that the offenses were punishable under Sections 383 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Chris Ojuola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Ojuola said that the sureties, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, must show and present evidence of two years tax payment paid to the state government.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case till June 21 for further hearing.