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Court grants N50, 000 bail to suspect alleged of stealing N25, 000 cell phone

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Chief Magistrate Abiodun Etti of the Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday granted Shola Afeez bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a surety.

Afeez was alleged to have stolen a Microsoft cell phone valued at N25, 000.

Etti ordered that the surety must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government while he adjourned the case to Jan. 7 for further hearing.

Afeez, 25, and unemployed was residing at No 5, Senami St., Topo in Badagry, Lagos State, is facing a charge of stealing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Uko, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Dec. 1.

Uko alleged that the accused stole the phone from Miss Sarah Akinsanya.

“The victim was walking on the street when the accused quietly walked up to her and took her phone from inside her bag.

“The victim noticed it, raised an alarm and the suspect was apprehended by passers-by,’’ he said.

Uko said that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 prescribes a three- year imprisonment for convicted offenders.

Afeez, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The counsel to the accused, Mr Dotun Kinrin, urged the court to grant his client bail since it was a bailable offence.


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