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A 28-year-old vulcaniser, Tope Ogunwa, was on Thursday arraigned in an Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ondo State for allegedly stealing a car battery valued at N35,000.

The defendant of No. 16, Ona-Opemipo Street, in Okitipupa is standing trial on a one-count charge of stealing, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Zedekiah Orogbemi told the court that on Aug. 21, at old garage, the defendant stole the battery of a Toyota Picnic, property of one Tade Gbadeyanka.

He said that the car with registration number Ondo KTP 601 AP, was kept in his custody but when the owner came to pick up the car, the battery had been removed.

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He added that the defendant was unable to give a satisfactory report on the missing battery.

Orogbemi said that the offence was punishable under Section 390(9), Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, and Laws of Ondo State 2006.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against him.

The Magistrate, Mr Banji Ayeomoni granted the defendant bail in the sum of N30, 000 and a surety in like sum.

He added that the surety should produce evidence of one year tax clearance.

He, However, adjourned the case untill Sept. 28, for further hearing.

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