By: Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Less than twenty four hours to the celebration of Eid-El-Kabir celebration,a 30-year-old man, Sulaiman Awokunle has been sentenced to six months imprisonment by an Osogbo Magistrate Court in Osun State
for allegedly stealing a ram.
The Police who dragged Awokunle to court accused him of stealing the ram valued N25,000 on August 22, 2017 at about 6:a.m at Onunrin’s compound in Iree, Botipe Local Council Area of Osun state.
The police prosecutor, Elisa Olusegun told the court that the ram belonged to a ram seller identified as Saka Idowu of Onunrin’s compound, Oke Ogi area, Iree.
Olusegun argued that the accused person committed an offence contrary to Section 383 and punishable under Section 390 (9) of the criminal code, cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Odun state of Nigeria, 2003.
Awokunle pleaded guilty to the one count-charge of theft slammed on him but begged the court for leniency..
The Magistrate, Adenike Olowolagba found Awokunle guilty as charged and convicted him.
But the accused’s counsel, Najite Okobe pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing his client.
Okobe further informed the court that the accused is a first time offender adding that he was preparing to celebrate Sallah with his
She however sentenced him to 6 months imprisonment or pay the sum of N4,000 as option of fine in lieu of the offence.