The police in Ogun on Wednesday brought three men before an Ota Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a cell phone valued at N28,000, and N15,000 cash.
The defendants, Benjamin Victor, 21; Ismail Keji, 23; and Ayobami Ibikunle, 20, whose addresses were not provided, are facing a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendants and others still at large, committed the offences on April 26, about 11:30a.m at Atan, Ota.
Mustapha said that the defendants conspired among themselves to steal a cell phone valued at N28,000, and N15,000 cash, totaling N43,000, belonging to the complainant, Mr William Olarewaju.
“The accused were caught in the act of committing the offences by the neighbours and handed over to the police,’’ he said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Mathew Akinyemi, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.
Akinyemi said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and should be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.
The case was adjourned until June 4, for further hearing.