A 24-year-old vigilante, John James, was arraigned before an Iyaganku Senior Magistrate‘s Court sitting at Ibadan, Oyo State, yesterday, for an alleged attempt to steal at a judge’s residence.
James is facing a two-count charge of attempt to commit felony to wit stealing and going around with cutlass in public.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Olufemi Omilana, said James jumped the perimeter fence into a building belonging to a sitting judge (name withheld) in Oyo State in an attempt to steal.
James was said to have committed the offence on August 2, at about 4a.m., at Aerodrome Estate, Samonda in Ibadan.
The accused, alleged to be a vigilante in the area, was accosted by one Mr. Sunday Ojedele, the security man of the house on the said day.
Omilani told the court that the accused jumped out of the judge’s compound and failed to disclose what happened to him and his colleagues.
The prosecutor also said that the accused, while armed with a cutlass, was going around in public in a manner as to cause terror to Ojedele.
Omilana said the offence contravened Sections 80 and 509 of the Criminal Code Cap. 38, Vol. 11, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
Senior Magistrate Munirat Giwa-Babalola, granted the accused N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
She said one of the sureties must be a level-six cadre in the Civil Service, while the second must be a blood relation of the accusedn. She adjourned the case to September 9.