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Stealing: Court remands trader in prison, pending sentencing



An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Friday, remanded  a 34-year-old trader, Ifenna Uzor in Kirikiri Prisons for stealing a cell phone valued N65,000,

The magistrate, Mrs O. Aderibigbe, remanded Uzor after  he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of  conspiracy and stealing.

Aderibigbe held that he should remain behind bars pending his sentencing on May 31.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Mojirade Edeme, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some other persons still at large on April 8 at Cement Bus-Stop, Lagos.

She said that the defendant stole an infinix Hot 6 phone valued N65,000, property of Mr Gbenga Alade.

“The defendant and his accomplices approached the complainant on the pretext of hiring his taxi.

“In the process of negotiating, one of the accomplices snatched his phone and they took to their heels.

“Alade raised alarm and some passersby chased them and the defendant was apprehended while the other suspects escaped with the phone,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 carries three years imprisonment for stealing, while Section 411 attracts two years for conspiracy.