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Friday, 22 May 2015

Unemployed man caught for phone theft

An unemployed man, Shola Alhassan, 23, was on Friday arraigned before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court over the theft of a phone valued at N52,000.

The accused was arraigned on a one count of stealing.

The Police prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Uko, told the court that the accused committed the offence on May 12 at 1.30pm, at No 3, Joseph Dosu Road, Badagry, Lagos State.

Uko said the accused stole a Samsung S4 phone from one Miss Senyo Balogun.

“The victim was walking on the road and was using her phone to listen to music.

“The accused, who was on a motorcycle, drove by her side and snatched the phone from her, but fell off his bike so he was caught,” he said.

Uko said the offence was punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence and his counsel, Mr. Akin Adewale, pleaded with the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.

He said the accused would always attend court hearings.

The Magistrate, Mr. Abiodun Etti, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100,000 and a surety who must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

He adjourned the case till June 22, for further hearing.

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