The accused pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of stealing.
A 26-year-old unemployed man, Charles Okoro, who stole five cartons of banana worth N20,000 from one Isioma Uzochukwu, was on Friday brought before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
The accused, whose address is unknown, is facing a one-count charge of stealing.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Akpan Ikem, told the court that the accused committed the offence on August 5 at the Badagry roundabout in Badagry.
He said that the complainant and the accused were friends.
“The complainant gave the accused the five cartons of banana to safeguard for her, because she was travelling for a week.
“The accused ate three cartons of the banana and sold the rest,’’ he said.
Uko said that the offence committed contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 20115 (Revised).
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the law prescribes a three-year jail term for convicted offenders.
The Magistrate, Mr Jimoh Adefioye, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 and a surety, who must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned till for September 22, for mention.
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