Lagos police arraign four for stealing phones

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned four men for allegedly stealing telephone handsets and money.

The suspects were also accused of assaulting a policeman, an action likely to cause a breach of public peace.

The defendants, Abiodun Akinola, Abdullahi Jimoh, Olalekan Eyiomo, and Omomuzo Arume, were arraigned on Monday in a Yaba Magistrates’ Court, before Magistrate P. E. Nwaka, on eight counts of conspiracy, theft and assault.

The defendants were alleged to have stolen one Samsung A03 valued at N120,000, the property of one Anosike Henry and an iPhone 11 valued at N250,000, and the property of one Ogadimma Oluwabukola.

The prosecutor, Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the offences contravened Section 280 and are punishable under Sections 411, 232, 328, 117(1)(2), and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.

The charges read in part, “That you, Abiodun Akinola, Abdullahi Jimoh, Olalekan Eyiomo, Omomuzo Arume, and others still at large on March 24, 2023, around 8am at Ijora Badia, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: stealing, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 411 the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.”

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Nwaka, granted them bail in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till May 5, 2023, for trial.

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