Four barbers were on Friday arraigned in a Mararaba Upper Area Court, Nasarawa State, for stealing two bags of rice.
The accused persons, Akuranya Matthew, 34; Emmanuel Kalu, 23; Sango Eze, 25; and Orji Ochekawo, 29; all residents of Nyanya, Abuja, were standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, shop breaking and theft.
Prosecutor, Herman Donald, told the court that Emmanuel Okpala of Mammy Road, Mararaba, reported the matter at the ‘A’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Mararaba, on Sept. 6.
Donald said the accused persons, who also have a barbing shop in the same plaza with the complainant at Mararaba, conspired among themselves and broke into the complainant’s shop.
He said they entered into the shop through the ceiling of their shop, stole two bags of rice valued N40, 000 and cash of N100, 000 which the complainant kept in his shop.
“In the course of investigation the two bags of rice were found and recovered in the accused persons ceiling.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 97, 347 and 287 of the Penal Code, which the accused persons pleaded not guilty.
The Defence counsel, Saidu Idris, had made an oral application for the bail of his clients.
Idris said the accused persons would not jump bail or interfere with the investigation.
But the prosecution opposed the application, contending that investigation in the case was on-going.
He also said that one of accused was still at large and only the rice was recovered, while the money was yet to be recovered.
The presiding officer, Ibrahim Shekaru, granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of N50, 000 each with one surety each in like sum.
Shekaru said the sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court; submit two recent passport photographs, a driver’s licence or National Identity Card.
He admonished the accused persons not to jump bail, not commit similar offence, not to temper with the police investigation and must present themselves to the court for their trial.
The judge added that failure to abide by this the accused persons would be remanded in keffi Prison and adjourned the case till Sept. 28 for further hearing.