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Applicant, 21, docked over alleged bicycle theft

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A 21-year-old job applicant, Akeem Alatise, on Friday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged theft of a bicycle worth  N20,000.

Alatise, who resides at Tolisho St., Ogudu in Ojota, Lagos State, is facing a count charge of stealing, but he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Donjor Perezi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 11.20p.m. at No. 31, Ezobi St. in Alapere Ketu, Lagos State.

Perezi said that the bicycle belonged to the complainant, Mr Yusuf Taiwo.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant was caught at the complainant’s residence while trying to escape with the stolen bicycle.

“The defendant was seen riding the bicycle out of the complainant’s compound, and on questioning as to the ownership of the bicycle, he could not give a satisfactory response,” the prosecutor said.

Perezi noted that stealing  contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports the section provides for a three-year jail term for the offence.

The Magistrate, Mrs H.B. Mogaji, granted the defendant N50, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Mogaji said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Sept. 10 for mention.

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