FIVE Hausa men and a Yoruba woman, who purportedly defrauded a businessman, Alhaji Hammed Dakaya of the sum of N19.4 million, have been arraigned before an Osogbo magistrate’s court, last Friday.
According to a three – count charge levelled against the accused persons, they (suspects) obtained the money on the pretence of supplying some bags of fertilizers to the plaintiff.
The charge – sheet further alleged that the suspects stole the money and refused to supply the fertilizer to the complainant.
The accused persons were: Alhaji Nuhu Ibrahim, Gimba Alhassan, Hassan Mundi, Yakubu Sulaimon, Olarinde Ololade and one other.
Pleading not guilty to the three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and pretence, the accused persons prayed the court to admit them to bail, saying that they never committed the crime.
Their counsel, Mr, Gbenga Akano and Niyi Kosile, pleaded with the court to be liberal on the bail terms, adding that liberties of the suspects must be protected.
The counsel revealed that the accused persons have been detained for three weeks before they were arraigned in court, urging that the court should not be intimidated by the amount of money involved.
The charge sheet maintained that the suspects perpetrated the alleged crime on September 18, 2008, in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
Opposing the bail application, police prosecution counsel, Sergeant John Idoko, said the suspects came from Kogi State to defraud the plaintiff in Osogbo.
Idoko added that there were other suspects who were yet to be arrested by the police, maintaining that the suspects could jump bail.
He, however pleaded with the court to remand the accused persons in police custody in order to complete police investigation on the case.
The magistrate, Mr Adebayo Ajala, said the accused persons remained innocent on the case, stressing that remanding them would result to injustice on the liberty of the suspects.
Ajala upheld the submission of the defence counsel and granted bail to the suspects in the sum of N5m naira and two sureties each.
He added that the sureties must have landed property in any state capital in Nigeria, stressing that one of the sureties must be a resident of Osogbo before adjourning the case to October 24, 2008, for hearing.