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Man docked for stealing snails, onions, rice

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A 48-year old man, Osazee Benjamin, has been arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate Court for stealing items such as snails, rice, onions, groundnut oil, tomatoes and beans at the Oba Market in Bénin City.

Benjamin was said to have stolen the items worth N220,000 between February 22 and April 1st 2019.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Patrick Agbonifo, told the court the offences were punishable under Section 390 and 340 of the Criminal code cap 48 vol II Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria.

Inspector Agbonifo said suspected stolen items such as braziers, children slippers, wrist watches, spaghetti were found on the accused person.

Benjamin, however, pleaded not guilty to the six-count charges preferred against him.

Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Ivie Akere, granted the accused bail to the sum of N50,000 or a surety in like sum who must be a family member.

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She adjourned the case to April 10 for trial.

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