By Onozure Dania
Lagos—A 16-year-old maid, and 56-year-old street sweeper, Shade Yusuf, have been arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing assorted jewellery worth over N1. 7 million. The teenager and the street sweeper are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen items, preferred against them by the police.
During the arraignment of the duo, the police prosecutor told the court that the defendants were charged to court following a petition written against them by the complaint, Oyinkansola Olanipekun, which was thoroughly investigated by the Investigation Police Officer, Inspector Oyedele Oyekunle, who found them culpable of the allegation.
The police prosecutor alleged that the teenager and the street sweeper committed the offence sometime in October, at 29, Alhaji Mustafa Street, Iju-Ishaga, Lagos. The prosecutor told the court that the teenager was living with the complaint, Oyinkansola Olanipekun who has been her foster mother since the death of her father.
He also told the court that when the teenager stole the jewellery, she handed it over to the street sweeper, who is their neighbour, for disposal, adding that when the complaint discovered that her jewellery was missing, the teenager opened up that she was the one that stole it and gave it to the street sweeper.
He also told the court that upon revelation made by the teenager, the street sweeper was interrogated but initially denied being given anything by the teenager, but when she heard that the police was to be involved, she also confessed receiving the jewellery from the teenager.
The police told the court that upon the voluntary confession of the defendants, they were charged to court on alleged conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen items.
According to him, the offence is punishable under section 411, 287(1) and 328(1) of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2015. However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge. In view of their not guilty plea, Magistrate O. Ojuromi, who stood in for Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye, admitted them to bail in the sum of N200,000, each with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate ordered that the sureties must show evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos State government, means of livelihood, evidence of gainful employment.
The magistrate also ordered that all documents tendered by the sureties must be verified by the prosecutor. The magistrate, while adjourning the matter till January 24, 2019, for mention, ordered that the teenager be remanded at the Idi-Araba Juvenile Home and that the Street Sweeper be remanded at the female’s section of the Kirikiri Prison.