Court discharge minors for stealing

Court discharge minors for stealing

A family Court sitting at Oredo, Benin on Thursday, discharged and acquitted two minor,  Destiny Friday, 14 and Osayande Odion, 16, of cases of stealing and office breaking. The Presiding Magistrate of the court, Mrs D.I. Adamaigbo, discharged both minors on account of lack of diligent  prosecution by the prosecutor, Commissioner of Police. While Friday

A family Court sitting at Oredo, Benin on Thursday, discharged and acquitted two minor,  Destiny Friday, 14 and Osayande Odion, 16, of cases of stealing and office breaking.

The Presiding Magistrate of the court, Mrs D.I. Adamaigbo, discharged both minors on account of lack of diligent  prosecution by the prosecutor, Commissioner of Police.

While Friday was first arraigned on December 3, 2018, Odion, was arraigned on January 1, 2019, and were both immediately ordered remanded at Welfare Home by the court,  were they had been before their appearance in court on Thursday.

According to the Police Prosecutor, Inspector, Thomas Ojo,  the offences were committed at 18, Ehigegha street, Evbuonore quarters and Garrick Memorial School, Ekenwan Road, both in Benin City respectively.
  
The two accused were charged separately on two count charges each, an offence they committed on November 21, 2018 and December 15, 2018 respectively.

The 14-year old Friday was accused of stealing a Yamaha Generator Infinite Note Phone, Samsung Sound System with cash, all valued at N157, 000 and properties of one Rudoff Okudo.

Prosecutor Ojo said his offences were punishable under sections 516 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code , cap 48 Vol. II. Law of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 as applicable in Edo State.

Similarly, Odion was also charged on two count of office breaking and stealing of properties of Garrick Memorial School worth N150, 000.

According to Ojo, Odion offences are punishable under sections 516 and 414 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Vol.II Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 now applicable in Edo State.  

At the sitting on Thursday, the Magistrate ordered the minors be released to the Child Protection Officer of the State Ministry of Women Affairs,  Mr Ehis Agugu, for adequate care, protection, counselling and Psycho-Social support before reuniting with their families.

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