15 year old boy others jailed five years for escaping custody in Osun


A 15- year – old boy and three others on Tuesday were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for escaping from police custody in Osun State.

The minor appeared alongside other defendants – Abeeb Adeleke (20), Segun Ishola (18) , Maliq Odewale (18) – before Mr Abayomi Ajala of an Osun State Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo .

The defendants , arraigned on three counts of escape from lawful custody , conspiracy and damage to police property , were first dragged before the court on July 28 , 2020.

The prosecutor , Kayode Adeoye , during their arraignment , informed the court that the defendants on July 27, 2020 , escaped from the Dugbe Police Station , Osogbo , around 3 am .

He added that the defendants wilfully damaged an iron door and roofing sheets of the station before they escaped.

The offences , according to the prosecutor , are punishable under sections 516 , 135 (a ) and 451 ( b) of the Criminal Code Cap . 34 Vol . II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.

The defendants all pleaded guilty to the three counts .

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The defence counsel , Adedoyin Ajewole, urged the court to be lenient with his clients.

The Magistrate , Mr . Abayomi Ajala , subsequently convicted them and adjourned the matter till Tuesday, October 6 , 2020 , for judgement.

Upon their return to court on Tuesday, Ajala sentenced the four defendants to five years’ imprisonment.

He, however, gave them an option of paying N 9 , 000 fine each , with six strokes of cane .

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