Oladepo Ogunlade, 100, and Musiliyu Ogundiran, 61, were charged on Friday in an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan with allegedly stealing land and destroying economic trees.
Ogunlade and Ogundiran were accused by the police of conspiring, stealing property, causing malicious damage, threatening violence, and acting in a way that would disturb the peace.
The two males committed the offense in 2021 at Lawani village in Ibadan, according to the prosecution’s attorney, Mr. Philip Amusan, who testified in court.
Amusan claimed that Mr. Wasiu Lawani’s 25 acres of land, worth N50 million, had been forcibly taken by the defendants and other fugitives.
He claimed that they threatened him with violence and cut down some valuable plants on the property, including cocoa, palm, and coconut trees worth N800,000.
Amusan claimed that by using bulldozers to clear the economic trees without cause, the defendants behaved in a way that could have resulted in a breach of peace.
According to the police, the offense was against sections 516, 451 and 249(d) of the Oyo State Criminal Laws of 2000.
Additionally, he stated that it violated Sections 6, 4, and 7(1) of the 2016 Oyo State Real Properties Protection Law.
However, the accused entered a not guilty plea to the accusation.
The accused were released on bail with two sureties totaling N5 million from the magistrate, Mrs. O. A. Akande.
She adjourned the case until June 14 for hearing.
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