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My wife, baby in hospital, says carpenter accused of stealing cables

By Onozure Dania

Lagos—A 32-year-old carpenter, Francis Humbe, who allegedly stole cables valued N250,000 from a construction company at Eko Atlantic City, was, yesterday, arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.

The prosecutor, Corporal Friday Mameh, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on January 4, at 3a.m.

He said that the defendant was caught by the security guard, while he was carting away 50 meters of armoured electrical cables.


He said: “Humbe was caught by the firm’s security guards carting away 50 meters of armoured electrical cables, valued at N250,000.

“On January 4, at about 3a.m., one of the firm’s guards was on patrol when he allegedly saw the suspect hacking away at the cables with a saw blade.

“He raised the alarm and, along with his colleagues, they chased the suspect and wrestled him to the ground.

“The defendant told the police afterwards that his wages of N2,000 per day had not been paid since 2016 and that his wife and newborn were in hospital with no money to settle their hospital bills.”

Mameh said that the offence committed is punishable under Section 285(7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The magistrate, Mr. Patrick Adekomaya, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case till January 25, for mention.



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