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Surety Arrested For Allowing The Accused Escape



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One Deborah Olanrewaju, 50, who stood in as surety for an accused has today been charged by an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State, for allegedly allowing the accused to escape.

Olanrewaju, who lives at No. 14, Ogunwunmi St., Iyana-Ilogbo, Ota, Ogun, is facing two counts of stealing and conspiracy.

According to Sgt. Chudu Gbesi, the accused committed the offences on December 20, 2018, at Tracview Global Haulage Service Ltd, Ota.

He alleged that the accused who is surety for one Oni Adewale, a driver, who was accused of stealing goods entrusted to him worth N1.4 million, which belonged to his employer.

“Unfortunately, Olanrewaju allowed the accused to abscond instead of presenting him in the court each time the case comes up,” he said.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 126(1) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The accused, however, pleaded, not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. O. Adebo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adebo said that the sureties should reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.

She adjourned the case until February 1, for further hearing.

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