Two arraigned for extorting N650,000 at illegal roadblock
Two men were on Tuesday arraigned before an Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for extorting money from residents at an illegal roadblock and possession of stolen money.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Olubu Apata, said the defendants, Yusuf Ibrahim, 23, and Oluwatosin Adeyemo, 20, were charged with two counts of demanding money with menace and unlawful possession of money.
Apata told the court that the defendants and others at large committed the offences on May 26, 2020, around 9am at Odo-Ado in Ado-Ekiti.
He alleged that the defendants and their accomplices conspired among themselves to demand money with menace.
Apata stated, “The defendants were unlawfully in possession of N650,000 suspected to have been stolen. The defendants and others at large, during the lockdown, blocked the road and extorted people of their money.
“The offences contravene sections 516 and 427 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.”
The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Their counsel, Mr Gboyega Abiola, urged the court to admit them to bail, with a promise that they would not jump bail.
The magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Ajibade, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
The magistrate adjourned the case till July 15, 2020, for hearing.
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