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Bus stop phone-snatching: 2 teenage boys arraigned in Lagos

Two teenage boys — Taofeek Olorundeji and Shitu Ibrahim — who allegedly stole a mobile phone valued at N45,000 at a bus stop, were on Friday docked at a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

They were, however, released on N100, 000 bail.

The accused — ‎Olorundeji, 16, and Ibrahim, 15 — whose addresses were not provided, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.‎

The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

But the Prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, insisted that the accused and others now at large, committed the offences at Pako Bus Stop on Mushin Road in Itire area of Lagos at 10.45 p.m. on or before Sept. 24.

Osayande said the accused stole a Tecno Camo C8 phone valued at N45,000 belonging to the complainant, Salaudeen Toheeb.

According to her, the duo stole the complainant’s phone while trying to board a bus.

“Toheed, who immediately noticed that his phone has been stolen, raised alarm at the bus stop and during a search, the phone was found in possession of one of the accused.”

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

Ruling on the bail application of the teenagers, Chief Magistrate Aro Lambo granted them N50,000 bail each with one surety each in like sum.

Lambo‎ said the surety must be gainfully employed with an evidence of tax payment.

‎The case was adjourned until Oct.16 for mention.



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