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3 men face break-in, N350, 000 goods theft charge

Three suspected shop-breakers — Olanrewaju Jimoh, Lateef Lawal and Babalola Ope — are facing trial at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly carting away goods worth N350,000.

The trio were, however, released on a N300, 000 bail after they entered a `not guilty’ plea.

The accused — Jimoh, 23; Lawal, 24; and Ope, 27 — are standing trial on charges of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.

The Magistrate, Mr J.A. Adigun, who gave the ruling, said the accused must produce two sureties each in the like sum as part of their bail conditions.

He said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should also show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 1 at 5:00 a.m. at Alabede Street, Ipaja, a Lagos suburb.

According to him,  the accused conspired and burgled two shops belonging to Mrs Chinyere Chika and Mrs Oluwaseun Taiwo and stole some valuables from the shops.

The items they stole include four laptops, DVD players, wristwatches, television camera and some household equipment.

“The accused entered Chika’s shop through the ceiling and stole some goods and later proceeded to Taiwo’s shop, where they broke the burglar proof.

“The first accused, Jimoh, was arrested while stealing in Taiwo’s shop, but his accomplices escaped with their loot.

“Jimoh took the police to where he and his accomplices used to keep stolen goods before disposing them off.

“Some of the complainants’ goods were recovered at the hideout.

“He also led to the police to where his `partners-in-crime’ were arrested,’’ he said.

The offences contravened Sections 287, 307 (c) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Newsmen report that the Section  287 provides three years jail term for stealing, while section 307 (2) prescribes seven years for breaking into a house to commit felony.

The case was adjourned until Oct. 31 for mention.



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