Man, 21, docked for allegedly stealing goods worth N82,000



Sylvester Sunday, 21, who allegedly stole a television set and a stabilizer worth N82,000 from a shop under the pretext of buying some items there, appeared at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday.


Sunday, who resides in Kayode Alabi Street, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and burglary.


The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.


The prosecutor, Insp. Michael Unah, said that the defendant committed the offences at Haruna Street, off College Road in Ijaiye.


He said that the defendant entered the shop of the complainant, Linus Nwaigwe, and stole a television set and a stabilizer worth N82,000.


He said that the defendant committed the offences when he went to the complaint’s shop to buy some items.


“Nwaigwe said that when the defendant gave him money, he discovered that he did not have change, so he decided to ask around.


“By the time the complainant returned to his shop, he noticed that the defendant had carried away his television set and a stabilizer.


“Nwaigwe said that he immediately dashed out of his shop; he saw the defendant going away with the items he had stolen from his store,” the prosecutor said.


He said that the complainant raised an alarm which led to the arrest of the defendant by some of the people in the area.


He said that the defendant was handed over to the police who brought him to court after they had completed their investigations.


The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 307 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 prescribes a three-year jail term for stealing while Section 307 stipulates seven years’ imprisonment, if found guilty.


The magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.


He adjourned the case until Aug. 28 for mention.




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