Elugbindin Timothy, 44, has been remanded by an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, on Thursday, over alleged armed robbery and theft of 50 gallons of palm oil.
The Prosecutor, ASP Joseph Adebayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 10, around 5 am. at Odemuyiwa Village, via Ifetedo.
Adebayo said that the defendant conspired with others, now at large, to commit the offence.
He added that the defendant armed himself with a gun and other dangerous weapons and robbed one Fatai Adeyeni of 50 gallons of palm oil and two bags of cocoa beans.
The prosecutor also listed other stolen goods to include three bags of palm kernel seeds, goats and hospital equipment, all valued at N10 million.
He further told the court that the defendant willfully set the house of Chief Fatai Adeyeni ablaze.
According to him, the offences were contrary to and punishable under Sections 1(1) and 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. R11, Laws of Nigeria, 2004.
Adebayo added that the offence also contravened Sections 1 (1), (2)(a),(b) and 443 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The plea of the defendant was, however, not taken despite the fact that his defence counsel, Mr Obi Samuel, announced his appearance.
The Magistrate, Joseph Owolawi, did not grant bail to the defendant on the ground that his court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.
Owolawi, therefore, ordered the remand of the defendant at the State Criminal Investigation Intelligent Department (SCIID). He adjourned the case till June 24, for mention.