The police on Friday arraigned a 23-year-old security guard, Anthony Tyowua, in Lagos for allegedly stealing his employer’s iPhone 8, valued at N250,000.

The defendant, whose house address was not given, pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at about 2.20p.m. on May 11, at United Parcel Service (UPS) office at Gbagada, Lagos.

She said that the defendant had been in the employ of UPS for over two years as a security guard and knew the office inside out.

According to her, the defendant went into the office’s store and stole the company’ official iPhone 8, valued at N250,000.

The prosecutor said that the company’s Chief security officer, Mr Charles Nwabu, caught the defendant after he found the item missing and traced it to him (defendant).

“My Lord, the defendant confessed to stealing the phone but the police are however yet to recover it,” she said.

She said the offence contravened Section 287 (7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287(7) prescribes seven years jail term for the offence, upon conviction.

The Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, granted the defendant N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

She said that both sureties must be gainfully employed with their addresses verified by the court.

Oghere also ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and should show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Aug. 7 for mention.