Ekiti college staff docked over theft of N1.17m, scratch cards

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Six staff of the College of Health Technology in  Ijero-Ekiti were on Tuesday arraigned in an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court over the theft of  N1.17 million as well as  N500,000  scratch cards  belonging to the institution.

The defendants, Ibrahim Ganiyu, 40;  Joshua Daniel, 38;  Afolabi Sunday, 45;  Ikuobe Sunday, 46;  AlongeBanji, 35;  and Yusuf Ozigi, 32, whose addresses were unknown, are facing a two- count charge of burglary and stealing.

The prosecutor, Insp Johnson Okunade, told the court that the defendants and other accomplices now at large committed the offence on November 22 at the college.

He told the court that the defendants and others at large had burgled the bursary department ‎with intent to commit the offence.The offences, he said, contraveneSections 411 and 390 (9) of the Criminal code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor asked for adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble his witnesses.

The counsel to the first defendant, Mr Lai Obisesan, and counsel to the 2 to 6 defendants, Mr Sunday Ochai, urged the court to grant their clients bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, granted bail to each of the defendants in the sum of N200,000 with one surety in like sum who must  have  a verifiable address.

Adegboye adjourned the case till Jan. 12 for hearing.

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