Good For You: Police arraign man over alleged theft of phone, N476,000

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He is learning the hard way that buying a stolen item is very risky

The court heard that the accused and the others conspired and stole a phone valued N8,000 and N18,000 cash and additional N450,000, totalling N476,000.

A 30-year-old man, Chimezie Dickson, who allegedly stole a cell phone valued at N8,000 and N476,000 cash, was on Friday arraigned in Lagos.

Dickson whose address was not given, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and breach of peace before a Surulere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Christopher Okoliko, told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large on June 9, 2017, between 6.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. at Ojuelegba in Surulere area of Lagos.‎

‎Okoliko said that the accused and the others conspired and stole a phone valued N8,000 and N18,000 cash and additional N450,000, totalling N476,000 from a truck driven by Mr Olanrewaju Isreal.

He alleged that Israel kept some valuables in the truck, and that the accused, who borrowed the vehicle, stole the valuables.

Okoliko said that the accused later unlawfully towed the truck with registration number KTU 77 XJ to an unknown destination without Israel’s consent, claiming that the vehicle developed a fault.

“The accused and others conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by unlawfully towing the truck without the consent of the driver,” he said.

He told the court that the offences contravened Sections 168(d), 280(a) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. A.A. Paul, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Paul ordered that the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused while the other must be gainfully employed, adding that the sureties must show evidence of tax payment to Lagos State Government.‎

The case was adjourned until July 27 for mention.‎



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