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Man, 20, to serve 12 months in prison for burglary, theft

By BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE

An Ojo Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, has sentenced a 20-year- old unemployed youth, Eze Chukwudi, to 12 months imprisonment at the Ikoyi Prison, over burglary and N43, 400 theft.   The Magistrate, Mr Taslimi Shomade, sentenced the convict, who pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of burglary and theft, with an option of N43, 000 fine.

According to the prosecutor, ASP Godwin Eze, the convict committed the offences on May 21, at Alhaji Gafaru Community, Imude town in Ojo, Lagos. “The convict broke and entered into the house of one Mr Samuel Ikechukwu to steal his Nokia and blackberry phone alongside his cash all totaling N43, 400”. Eze said.  He told the court that the convict was caught in the act and was taken to the police station.   The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravened Sections 285 and 306 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

Meanwhile, in another development, Justice Christopher Balogun of a Lagos High Court, Igbosere  has granted bail to an ex customer service manager, Mrs Tosin Lawal and her husband, Mr Michael Lawal charged with alleged N178.9million fraud.

The couple is facing eleven-count charges bordering on conspiracy and theft on which they pleaded not guilty.    It will be recalled that they were formerly arraigned before Justice Candide Johnson of Igbosere High Court on Jan 24, 2012 who granted the second defendant (Michael Lawal) bail in the sum of N5million before the case was transferred.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons allegedly conspired to defraud Ecobank Nig. Plc of N179.8million being sales from fraudulent sales of foreign currency.    According to the prosecuting counsel, Mr O.A Owodunni, the offences contravened Sections 390 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.

Owodunni had told the court that the bail application of the second defendant will be left unopposed but urged the court not to grant the first defendant bail on the condition that she is flight risk.  “Another fact I want the court to take into consideration is that they were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 9.00 p.m while trying to escape from the country,” he said.

However, the defending counsel, Mr O. Oyedipo argued that the case is a mere stealing offence which he is sure the defendants would not run from if granted bail and that they should not be seen as flight risk by the court.


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