Osun Internal Revenue Officer Arraigned over Stealing
An Osogbo magistrate court has arraigned a staff of Osun Internal Revenue Service (OIRS), Mr. Dare Ogunrinde for allegedly stealing the sum of six hundred and sixty-five thousand, seven hundred and twelve naira.
The accused person was arraigned on a 2-count charge bothering on stealing and breach of peace.
According to the Police Prosecutor, Mr. Abiodun Fatoyinbo, the accused, a level 10 officer with the agency received the said sum as a tax from some companies and refused to remit the amount to government coffers.
He said the offense committed contravenes section 353 and punishable under section 390 (9) of criminal code, cap 34, vol.11, law of Osun State, 2002.
Mr. Fatoyinbo added that the accused person, by his refusal to issue tax receipt of the amount paid conducted himself in a manner that could cause a breach of peace, thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under section 249 (9) of criminal code cap 34 law of Osun State, 2002.
The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the allegations preferred against him.
His counsel, Musa Abdullahi pleaded with the court to grant his client bail on very liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr. Olusegun Ayilara, therefore, granted the accused person bail in the sum of 500,000 naira with 2 sureties in like sum, saying one of them must be a civil servant of not less than level 10 and must be a house owner with evidence of such.
Also, both sureties must be sworn to an affidavit of means.
He thereafter adjourned the case to March 15 for hearing.