Farmer docked for stealing colleague’s bitter cola, cocoa pods

A 32-year-old farmer, Obasola Nureni, on Monday appeared in an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing bitter cola and cocoa pods from his colleague’s farm.

The police charged Nureni with four counts of conspiracy, trespass, breach of public peace and theft.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Emmanuel Abdullahi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Sept 8, around 6pm at Alabakan village, Oke-Ogbo, Ile-Ife.

Abdullahi said that the defendant conspired with others who are at large to commit a felony to wit: forcible entry.

He added the defendant trespassed into a farm land belonging to his colleague, Gbedebo Olaitan.

He said that the defendant also conducted himself in a manner that may likely cause a great pandemonium, when he committed the offence.

The Prosecutor stated further that the defendant stole bitter Cola and cocoa pods worth N248,000, belonging to Olaitan.

Abdullahi said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 81, 249(d), 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Ben Adirieje, applied for the bail for his client in most Liberal terms.

Magistrate A. I. Oyebadejo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oyebadejo ordered that the sureties must swear to an affidavit of means.

The magistrate adjourned the matter until Oct 11, for hearing.