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Trader docked for allegedly stealing dry fish, other items



A 26-year-old trader, Mohammed Abdullahi, on Wednesday appeared in a Karmo Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing one carton of dry fish.

Abdullahi,  who resides in Godab Estate, Life Camp Abuja, is charged with two counts of house breaking and theft.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the matter was reported by Ms Maryamu Alhassan and one Emmanuel Alhassan, all who live in Cadastral Layout, Life Camp Abuja, at the Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on April 20.

Ukagha said that the defendant and two others, at large, at about 3 a.m, broke into the complaint’s house and stole  one carton of dry fish, clothes, shoes, two inverter batteries valued at N200, 000 and  an air conditioner compressor.

She alleged that Abdullhi also stole the complainant’s HP laptop valued N130, 000, two LG television worth N150, 000, two Iphone 6, two Nokia phone, one Tecno phone, all the stolen phone valued N200, 800.

Ukagha said that when Abdullahi was arrested, the police recovered two pieces of stolen clothes.

She said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 79, 354 and 288 of the Penal Code.

The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N600, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Maiwada ordered that the surety must be a Cleric from a Jamat Mosque or a district head who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He added that the surety must also present a utility bill in his name and passport size photographs to the court’s registrar.

The judge adjourned the case until June 17 for hearing.

However the defendant could not meet his bail condition and was remanded in prison custody.