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Court slams N200, 000 bail on man over N140,000 phone theft

For allegedly stealing a phone valued at N140, 000, a 23-year-old unemployed man, James Adavo, was on Monday released on a bail of N200, 000 on the order of a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

The Magistrate, Mr Abiodun Etti, who gave the ruling, also gave the accused a surety, who must provide an evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The accused, whose address is unknown, was arraigned for stealing.

According to the prosecutor, Innocent Uko, the accused committed the offence on Oct. 17 at No. 27, Limca Road, Ibereko in Badagry.

“The accused stole a Samsung S6 phone, belonging to a woman, Miss Senyo Balogun.

“The woman was listening to music on her phone while walking along the road when the accused came and snatched the phone from her.

“As he was running away with the phone he was caught,” Uko said.

The offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty and his lawyer, Mr Akin Adewale, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms, promising that he will not jump bail.

The case was adjourned to Nov. 17 for further hearing.



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