By Joy Akinsanya
Abeokuta – Four teenagers were, on Thursday, arraigned before an Abeokuta Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assaulting and inflicting injury on three men in an attempt to steal from them.
The defendants, Shobola Ismail, 18; Alase Adam, 18; Sobowale Sola, 18 and Habeeb Salau, 17, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, assault and unlawful damage.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Abolade Bukola, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on March 8, at about 5.00 am. at Itori-Odo area of Abeokuta.
Bukola said that the defendants conspired with others, now at large, to assault and steal from the complainants.
She said that the defendants went to one Mr Agboade Adeniyi, while he was sleeping, woke him up to release his phone and money to them.
Bukola further said that while struggling with them, one of the defendants used an axe to machete Adeniyi’s head, thus causing him serious head injury.
She added that the defendants collected one Infinix S4 mobile phone, valued at N46,000 and N15,000 cash from Adeniyi.
She said that defendants also assaulted one Ibrahim Yusuf by inflicting injury on his left hand as well as stoning one Ayinde Aremu, which injured his mouth.
The prosecutor said that the defendants collected some valuable items from the complainants, which values were yet unknown.
She also said that the defendants damaged the entrance door of No. 3, Jagunna compound, Itori-Odo, property of one Olalekan Ayinde.
According to her, the offences contravene Sections 516, 355 and 451 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs I.O. Abudu, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N400,000 each, with one responsible surety each in like sum.
Abudu ordered that each surety must be a landlord and must show evidence of one-year tax payment to the Ogun government.
She, thereafter, adjourned the case till April 1, for hearing. (NAN)