A 45-year-old trader, Ibrahim Idris, was on Tuesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, over alleged theft of valuables worth N1.4 million.
Idris, who resides in Agege area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The Prosecutor, ASP. Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with one other still at large on April 28 at Abule-Egba area of Lagos.
Emuerhi said that the defendant broke into the apartment of Mrs Eniola Ojo and stole jewellery, four cell phones, a laptop and other items all valued at N1.4 million.
“The defendant and his accomplice, broke into the complaint’s house at 3.00a.m, woke them up and ransacked the house, while armed with a knife and a gun.
“He was apprehended by some security guards, while his accomplice escaped with the goods,” the prosecutor told the court.
Emuerhi said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 prescribes three years imprisonment for stealing, while Section 411 stipulates two-year jail term for conspiracy upon conviction.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, admitted the defendant to bail of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Sule-Amzat adjourned the case until July 29.