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Driver docked for allegedly stealing television



Driver docked for allegedly stealing  television

Lagos, March 11, 2019 A driver, Martins Osakwule, appeared before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday for allegedly stealing a Samsung  television, valued at N80,000.

Osakwule, 42, who resides at No. 42, Ipeyinyadu St., Oworonshoki, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of burglary and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on March 6 at 12.30 p.m. at No. 16, Kajola St., Ladi-Lak, Bariga, Lagos.

Olaluwoye said the defendant broke into the house of one Benneth Ubah and stole his television.

“The defendant damaged the padlock at the door and the glass on the front door of the house to gain entry.

“My lord, the security guard patrolling the area caught the defendant and took him to the police station where he admitted stealing the television,” she said.

The offences contravene Sections 287 and 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing, while Section 307 provides a seven-year jail term for burglary.

In her ruling, Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Oghere said that the surety should be gainfully employed and should show evidence of three years tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until May 15 for mention.