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Man in court over alleged theft of ATM cards

A 26- year- old man, Lukmon Muhammed, was on Wednesday arraigned in a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged theft of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Cards and two phones valued at N25, 000. The accused, of no fixed address and occupation, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

Muhammed pleaded guilty to the charges. The Prosecutor, Insp Raphael Odigbe, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence on Sept. 7 at about 10: 30 p.m. at Akin Busstop in Eti- Osa Local Government Area of Lagos.

He said that the accused stole Diamond Bank and Guarantee Trust Bank ATM cards and two phones valued at N25, 000, property of one Miss Stella Abube. Odigbe added that the accused attacked Abube on her way from work and collected her purse containing her ATM cards and phones.

“The accused was apprehended when he came to use Abube’s GTB ATM card in the supermarket she works in. “Muhammed wanted to pay for the items he bought using the POS with the ATM cards on Abube’s counter. “After several tries of incorrect codes, she suspected foul play and tried her own code and could access the ATM; she then raised an alarm,’’ he said.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011. The Magistrate, Mr L.A. Owolabi granted the accused bail in the sum of N10, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Owolabi adjourned the case to Feb. 29, 2016, for trial.



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