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Police arrest poultry worker over disappearance of 1,300 chickens

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested one Olumuyiwa, in connection with a case of missing chickens on a farm said to be worth N8 million.

In a statement on Sunday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, said the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged by the director of the farm simply identified as Bamgbose.

She explained that the director noted that when chickens on the farm were tallied, over 1,300 chickens worth N8m could not be accounted for.

Odutola said; “On August 11, 2023, when the fowls were counted, the director discovered that about 1,300 valued at N8m could not be accounted for.

“The farm director is pained at the enormous havoc done to the poultry farm, especially during the current harsh economic situation.”

The Police PRO added that that in line with the directive of the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, the command embarked on a preliminary investigation which led to the arrest of one suspect.

“The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, has been briefed and he has ordered more investigation. A preliminary investigation has commenced and the suspect has been apprehended and is presently in police custody to ascertain the extent or veracity of theft if he was stealing from the poultry farm and selling or eating them, all that will be made known soon to members of the public,” she said.

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CorrectNG reported that an Area Court sitting in Jos, Plateau state sentenced one John Shedrack, to three months imprisonment for stealing 100 chickens.

The judge, Shawomi Bokkos convicted him on Wednesday, July 5 after he pleaded guilty to the theft of chickens valued at N300,000. Shedrack begged the court for leniency.

The prosecutor, Inspector Monday Dabit told the court that victim, Mr Ikechukwu Egwuonwu reported the case at the Rantya Police Station on 19th of June. He said the convict trespassed into the complainant’s poultry farm and stole his chickens.

Dabit further revealed that during the police investigation, Shedrack confessed to having committed the offence. According to him, the offence is in contravention of the Plateau State Penal Code law of Northern Nigeria.

Justice Bokkos gave the convict an option of a N20,000 fine or three months imprisonment. She also ordered the convict to pay a compensation of N300,000 to the complainant or be imprisoned for six months.