Akure â€“ A 94-year-old man, Ojo Bayode, and his son, Ade, 41, were on Friday arraigned in an Akure Chief Magistratesâ€™ Court, charged with unlawful damage of a farmland valued at N1.1million.
The accused, whose addresses had yet to be known, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.
The prosecutor, Insp. Jimoh Ibrahim, told the court that the accused conspired with others (now at large) to unlawfully and maliciously damage the farmland belonging to one chief Omodara Falade.
Ibrahim alleged that the accused forcibly entered the farmland, and damaged cocoa trees, valued N300,000; kola nut trees, valued N700,000 and plantain stems, valued N100,000.
He said the accused committed the offence on Dec. 27 at about 10 a.m. at Awule Village in Akure South Local Government Area.
According to him, the offence is punishable under sections 516(a), 451 and 81 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The counsel to the accused, Mr Fidelix Oriaifo, prayed the court to grant his client bail in liberal terms.
The magistrate, Mrs Iretiolu Dada, granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.
Dada said that the sureties must be credible and resident within the courtâ€™s jurisdiction and must fill affidavits of means with two recent passport photographs.
She adjourned the case until April 7 for further hearing. (NAN)