The Nigeria Police Force in Ondo state on Thursday arraigned Three students, identified as Kolawole Akinsoto aged16, Ayolere Oluwole aged 16 and Abayomi Ogungbire aged 15, before a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Okitipupa Ondo for stealing beverages worth N520,000.
The defendants, whose addresses were not given were charged with felony, burglary and theft by the police.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the defendants, on November 15, 2022, around 06.00 a.m. at Irepodun Street, Ayeka in Okitipupa magisterial district, conspired to commit felony and theft.
Mr Orogbemi said the defendants broke into a beverage shop belonging to Mercy Obolo and stole packs of Coke, a carton of detergents, tomato paste, Bournvita, Milo and milk cans and other beverages worth N520,000.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Chris Ojuola, blamed the defendants’ parents for failing to supply and provide for the needs of their wards.
He asked Durodola Akinsoto, 54, Prophetess, Kemi Obolo, 35, businesswoman and Victoria Makinwa, 60, farmer, to stand as sureties for the defendants.
The magistrate asked the parents to pay the sum of N50,000 each as bail.
He adjourned the case until January 24 for further hearing of the case.