Akure March 8, 2017 (TNE): Police on Wednesday arraigned 65-year-old Ade Owoloye, for alleged destruction of rubber and palm trees worth N10million, at Ode-Irele in Ondo State.
Owoloye, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of malicious damage and breach of peace levelled against him by an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The prosecutor, Insp. Martins Olowofeso, had told the court that the defendant unlawfully and willfully damaged the economic trees which were property of one Chief Josiah Obateru.
Olowofeso said that the defendant also employed the services of thugs to intimidate members of Ologbosere family
He said that the defendant committed the offences sometimes in July 2015 at Ode-Irele in Ondo State.
Owoloye a high chief in Ode-Irele community in Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State, denied the charges.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.I. Ajayi granted the accused bail in the sum of N5million and two sureties in like sum.
Ajayi said that the sureties must own landed property with Certificates of Occupancy in Ondo State and must also submit to the court receipts of 2016 and 2017 tax payments as well as two passport photographs.
The case was adjourned till March 23 for trial. (TNE)