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Nursing mother Jailed for Stealing Toothpaste in Ogun State

In a significant legal development, the Chief Magistrates’ Court convened in Isabo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has pronounced its verdict in a case involving two siblings, Gbenga Elegbede and Funmilayo Elegbede. The court found the duo guilty of pilfering items, including toothpaste, from individuals Adeleke Omolayo and Alhaji Wahab.Chief Magistrate E. O. Idowu presided over the proceedings and delivered the judgment on Wednesday. Gbenga Elegbede was sentenced to a one-year imprisonment term with rigorous labor, while his sister, Funmilayo, received a six-month imprisonment with strenuous labor. This sentencing came after the siblings admitted to eight charges, encompassing conspiracy, theft, breaking and entering, as well as aiding and abetting.Prosecutor Laide Rawlings presented a compelling case, revealing that the siblings had unlawfully entered Omolayo’s establishment, making off with a range of items valued at N291,150. Among the stolen items were 16 assorted slippers, six markers, three tubes of toothpaste, a mat, and three gas cylinders. Additionally, they were implicated in a burglary at Wahab’s residence, where they purloined a purse valued at N1,500, containing a substantial sum of N450,000.Rawlings meticulously demonstrated that the actions of the accused were in violation of Section 127, 390(9), 411(1), 413(1), and 516 of the Criminal Code Law of Ogun State.During the trial, Gbenga and Funmilayo pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against them, and earnestly sought clemency. It was noted that Funmilayo, a nursing mother caring for her three-month-old daughter, pleaded for understanding.In response, defense counsel Nafisat Mas’ud expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision, emphasizing that justice served is not solely for the benefit of the defendants but also for the broader society. She stated, “Given the defendants’ admission of guilt, the judgment stands as a just outcome. Justice encompasses the well-being of both the defendants and society at large. The imposed sentences are warranted.”This legal saga began on July 19, 2023, when the siblings were arraigned before Magistrate M.O. Osinbajo. The case was subsequently transferred to the esteemed Chief Magistrate E.O. Idowu, who oversaw the ultimate resolution.


Ademola Adeyemi

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