The police on Tuesday arraigned 71 persons before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court for their alleged involvement in the looting of CACOVID palliatives at Agro Mall and Cargo Terminal, Ilorin.
They were charged with criminal conspiracy, trespass, mischief, voluntarily causing grievous hurt, theft and disturbance of public peace and belonging to gang of thieves.
All the defendants, however, denied committing the alleged offences.
Magistrate Mohammed Ibrahim, who granted the defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 each and two sureties each in like sum, later adjourned the case until Nov. 18 for further mention.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Insp. Nasiru Yusuf, told the court that the defendants were arrested on Friday and Saturday at Agro Mall and Cargo Terminal, when they were looting the palliatives.
He said that investigation was ongoing, adding that bail of the defendants was at the discretion of the court.