Court remands 2 for stealing bag of rice, other items in Ebonyi

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By Nkechinyere Oginyi

20-year-old Obiahu Henry and his 25-year-old partner, Amadi Ogbonna, had been remanded at a correctional facility, following an order by a Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Abakaliki, for their alleged involvement in burglary and stealing.

The duo allegedly broke into a residential home of one Mr Ifeanyi Anyanwu at Unwana community, in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state during the new year and stole three laptops, one solar standing fan, one digital camera, one bag of rice, among other items, all valued at over N1 million. 

They were arraigned on four counts charge bordering felony, burglary/stealing, among others, on Monday. 

The charge reads, “That you Obiahu Henry ‘m’, Amadi Ogbonna ‘m’ and others now at large on the 2nd day of January 2020 at Unwana, Afikpo North Local Government Area, in the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: Burglary/stealing and thereby committed an offense punishable under section 516A(a) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

“That you Obiahu Henry ‘m’, Amadi Ogbonna ‘m’ and others now at large on the same place and date, in the aforementioned Magisterial District did break into the dwelling house of one Anyanwu Ifeanyi ‘m’ at Unwana, Afikpo North L.G.A at night time with intent to commit felony therein  and thereby committed an offense punishable under 411(1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

“That you Amadi Ogbonna ‘m’and others now at on the same date and place, in the aforementioned Magisterial District did receive one Camera Canon valued Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N350,000.00) from one Obiahu Henry ‘m’, which you know to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained, and thereby committed an offense punishable under section 427 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Sabastine Alumona, told the court that the offenses were punishable under Sections 516A(a), 411(1), 390(9) and 427 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

The defense counsel applied to the court that his clients be admitted to bail, but the prosecution opposed to the application, citing the weight of the offenses, as reasons for his opposition.

The chief magistrate, Nnenna Onuoha, directed that the accused persons be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, while their case file should be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state, for advice. She adjourned the matter till February 14, 2020, for report of compliance

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