By Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo
A staff of Osun Internal Revenue Service (OIRS), Mr Dare Ogunrinde was arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, for allegedly stealing a sum of six hundred and sixty-five thousand, seven hundred and twelve naira (¦ 665, 712).
On Wednesday, Ogurinde, a level-10 officer, was arraigned on a 2-count charge, bordering on stealing and breach of peace.
It was gathered from the Police Prosecutor, ASP Abiodun Fatoyinbo, that the accused received the alleged money as a tax from a firm known as Orbitwood and Allied Company, and refused to remit the amount to government’s treasury.
The prosecutor stated that the offence contravened section 353 and is punishable under section 390 (9) of criminal code, cap 34, vol.11, Law of Osun State, 2002.
Fatoyinbo further mentioned that the accused person, by refusing to issue a tax receipt of the amount paid, has conducted himself in a manner that could cause a breach of peace. In light of this, the accused committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 249 (9) of criminal code cap 34 law of Osun State, 2002.
However, the accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The Defense Counsel, Musa Abdullahi pleaded with the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms.
The Magistrate, O.A. Ayilara, granted the accused person a bail of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum, stating that one of them must be a civil servant of not less than level 10 and a house owner with evidence of such. The two sureties must also swear to an affidavit of means.
The case was thereafter adjourned for hearing to March 15, 2020.