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Unemployed docked for alleged theft, escape from police custody

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A 26-year-old unemployed, Toheeb Adetunji, who allegedly stole a laptop valued at N120, 000, was on Wednesday docked in Lagos.

The accused, whose address is unknown, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and escape from lawful custody at an Ojo Magistrates’ Court. The prosecutor, Insp. Uche Simon, told the court that the accused, with others still at large, committed the offences at 1: 00 p.m., on July 28, at Festac Town, Lagos.

Simon alleged that the accused stole the laptop from one Abiola Ogundokun.

“Adetunji stole the laptop from the complainant who was about entering a commercial bus “Ogundokun raised an alarm and the accused was caught by passers-by and handed over to the police while the others escaped,’’ he said.

The prosecutor also alleged that the accused had on Aug. 1, at Amuwo Odofin Police Station, escaped from lawful custody. He said the offences contravened Sections 106, 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused could bag a three-year jail term if convicted. Adetunji, however, pleaded not guilty. The Magistrate, Mr Titus Abolarinwa, granted the accused N150, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Abolarinwa said that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, and should be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment in the state. The magistrate adjourned the case till Oct. 24 for further hearing.


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