Monarch Jailed 10 Years For Destroying Farmland In Ondo
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Monarch Jailed 10 Years For Destroying Farmland In Ondo

An Ondo Magistrate Court in Osi has sentenced a Monarch, the Ajagun Ode of Ode community in Akure North Local Government Area of the State, Oba Adewale Sunday Boboye, Oba Adewale Boboye, for unlawfully demolishing some palm trees and food crops.

The Monarch was found guilty of a six-count charge bothering on felony to with malicious damage and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Ajiboye Babatunde, said the convict, and others at large “on September 20, at about 3:00 pm at the ‘Pastorate and laity of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, along Ado Ekiti Road Igoba, Akure North conspired to commit Felony to wit: malicious damage.

He told the Court that the convict unlawfully demolished the perimeter fence of the Pastorate and laity of the Church valued at about one million naira, demolished the Palm trees and food crops valued at about five million, and demolished the signpost of the Church.

He added that the convict, when arrested, could not give a satisfactory account to the Police.” The offense, he noted,  contravened sections 516, 451, 249(d), and 81 of the Criminal Code Cap 7 vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

The convict, through his defense counsel, Adeola Kayode, denied the allegations and urged the Court to temper justice with mercy.

In her ruling, Magistrate Bukola Ojo convicted and sentenced the Monarch to two years in prison on count one with an option of a fine of N20,000.

On counts two and three, he was sentenced to two years imprisonment each with no option of a fine and another one-year jail term with an option of a fine of N10,000.

On count five,  he was sentenced to two years imprisonment with no option of a fine, while on count six, the defendant was sentenced to one-year imprisonment with an option of a fine of N20,000.

The Court awarded the sum of N5 million naira as compensation to the complainant for the damage to the perimeter fence, palm trees, and other crops.

However, the Magistrate ruled that if the convict pays the compensation, the imprisonment should be vacated.


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