Crime Alert

July 24, 2018

Jobless man, accomplice vandalise transformer, steal cable in Lagos



A 32-year-old applicant, Kazeem Popoola, on Tuesday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly vandalising a transformer and stealing a cable valued at N225,000.

Popoola, whose address is unknown, had pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and damage to property slammed on him.

The offences, according to Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, were committed at midnight of July 15 at Ajumonire, Meiran in Abule-Egba, a suburb of Lagos.

Ogu said the accused and one another man were caught by the vigilance group at midnight with the transformer cable.

“The accused was arrested while his accomplice escaped with the cable valued at N225,000.

“The accused was brought to the police station and he told the police that they damaged the transformer connection before they were able to steal the cable,” he said.

According to Ogu, the cable is the property of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.

The offences contravened sections 287, 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 287 prescribes three years imprisonment while Section 411 stipulates two years.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr J. A. Adegun, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adegun adjourned the case until Aug. 13. (NAN)