The police on Tuesday arraigned a timber operator, Omopariola Oluwatuyi, 45, in an Akure Magistrates’ Court charged with malicious damage of property, breach of peace and forceful entry.
The prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Fatola, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 20 at about 10 a.m at Oba-Ile, Akure.
Fatola said “ Omopariola Oluwatuyi used a bulldozer on a large expanse of land and damaged the plantain, cocoa yam and cassava crops, worth N3 million belonging to one Oluwakayode Komolafe.
“He also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace as he forcefully entered into the land, which is in possession of Komolafe.’’
The prosecutor added that the offences contravened the provisions of sections 457, 249(d) and 81 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
However, the accused person pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge against him and Fatola applied for an adjournment to enable him to present witnesses.
The counsel to the accused, Olusola Oke, raised no objection to the application for an adjournment but asked for bail for his client in liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr Akin Akintoye, then granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered that the sureties must be residents within the magisterial district.
Akintoye added that one of the sureties must be gainfully employed and must have a landed property, while the other must be a government official.
He adjourned the case until May 24 for further hearing