From Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Friday arraigned eight persons over alleged destruction of police station, stealing in Ekiti State.

The defendants; Olatayo Abiodun, 25, (m) Olaoye Toyin, 23, (F) Fasoroti Ifedayo, 25, (m) Ojo Idowu,18, (m), Adetayo Damola, 20, Owolabi Oluwaseun, 21, Ajewole Ojo, 21, and Moses Ifeanyi, 20, are residents of Ikere-Ekiti.

They are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit felony, willful damage, arson of police stations and stealing.

The prosecutor, Insp Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Oct., 20 in Ikere-Ekiti.

Akinwale alleged that the defendants during EndSARS protest, conspired among themselves to commit felony, willful damaged, arson of two police stations and barracks in Ikere-Ekiti.

He also alleged that the defendants damaged the exhibit apartment and stole the following items; one AK 47 rifle, gas cylinders, standing fans, plasma television sets.

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Other items stolen were; Dane gun, laptop computers and other registered exhibits.

According to him, “the offences contravened Sections 516, 451(b), 443(a) and 390(4) (f) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.”

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendants in the correctional centre pending legal advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The pleas of the defendants were not taken.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, ordered the remand of the defendants at the Correctional centre, pending issuance of legal advice.

The case was therefore adjourned till Feb.9