By Adebayo Williams
Eight suspected poultry thieves have been arraigned before an Osogbo Magisatrates’ Court in Osun. The suspected thieves, Odebiyi Yinka, 30; Cecilia Ochilla, 35; Ayoola Samson, 20; Elizabeth Akira, 30; Oyelami Tajudeen,30; Regina Philip, 40; Grace Odelia, 35 and Akira Hanna, 24, were said to have stolen 1,000 birds from the farm. They were said to have committed the crime between May, June and July at Erin-Osun, Osogbo. The prosecutor, Taiwo Adegoke, said the birds belonged to one Titilayo Aluko. He said that Odebiyi and Ayoola, who are co-workers at Aluko Poultry Farm, conspired to steal 1, 000 chickens valued at about N1.5 million. The prosecutor said the accused sold the chickens to the six other persons at the total sum of N1.2 million.
The accused pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties each in like sum and they must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
The Magistrate, Olusola Aluko adjourned the case to 25 November for hearing.