A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, in Ogun State, Sikirulai Ogundele, and two others, were arraigned before an Abeokuta Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing the party’s membership registers . On Wednesday.
Mr. Ogundele, Steve Oliyide and Ogunseye Olabode were docked before Justice O.A Sofowora on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and causing breach of peace in the state.
Mr. Ogundele is a two-time member of the Ogun State House of Assembly.
The prosecutor, Sunday Egbajuile, at the mention of the case with suit number MC/218/c/2016 told the court that the accused committed the crime on April 10, 2016, at the state secretariat of the party located on Presidential Boulevard,Abeokuta,while other suspects were still at large.
The charge read: that you Ogunseye Olabode, ‘m’, Steve Oliyide ‘m’, Sikirulai Ogundel ‘m’ and others still at large on the 10th of April 2016 at about 2200hrs at PDP secretariat Abeokuta in Abeokuta Magisterial District did conspire together to commit felony to with attempt to steal and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 516 of the criminal code laws of Ogun State of Nigeria 2006.
“That you Ogunseye Olabode, Steve Oliyide, Sikirulai Ogundele and other still at large on the same date, time and place at the aforementioned magisterial district did conduct yourselves in a manner to cause the breach of peace and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 249(d) of the criminal code law of Ogun State of Nigeria 2006.
“That you Ogunseye Olabode, Steve Oliyide, Sikirulai Ogundele and others still at large on the same date, time and place at the aforementioned magisterial district did attempt to steal two hundred and thirty-six(236) PDP membership registers which belong to Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party,thereby committed an offence contrary to section 508 and punishable under section 509 of the criminal code law of Ogun State of Nigeria 2006”.
However, the complainant, which is the leadership of the party, was absent at the court. The accused, who were in court, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.