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The Police has arraigned two officials of Oyo State government before an Iwo-Road Chief Magistrate Court, Ibadan, for allegedly stealing and selling 40 bags of sugar from the state’s COVID-19 palliatives.

The defendants are a 50-year-old driver, Adebiyi Azeez, and Sunday Akinleye , a 43-year-old Assistant Protocol Officer in charge of palliatives at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Newsmen reports that the defendants were charged alongside a trader, one Kafayat Babalola, for allegedly receiving and buying the stolen items.

The defendants are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen goods.

The Prosecutor, Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that Adebiyi and Akinleye conspired to commit the offences.

He said that the offense contravened Sections 516, 390 (9) and 427 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State, 2000, stating that the offense was committed on Dec 30, 2020 at the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

The Chief Magistrate, Taiwo Oladiran, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N20,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.

Oladiran, thereafter, adjourned the matter till Feb 8, for hearing.

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