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Court slams N100, 000 bail on carpenter over N4,000 phone theft.

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A 28-year-old carpenter, Kehinde Adeyemi, who allegedly stole N4,000 phone, was on Wednesday
in Lagos released on a N100, 000 bail on the orders of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

The Magistrate, Mrs F.F. George, who gave the ruling, said Adeyemi, who resides in AIT area of Alagbado, a Lagos suburb, should produce one surety in like sum as part of the bail condition.

She said the surety must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two year tax payment.

The accused, however, denied the charge.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Oct. 4 at Alagbado, Lagos.

He said the accused, who disguised as a customer at a restaurant, stole the phone belonging to Mrs Adejoke Ajayi.

“The accused entered the complainant’s restaurant on the pretext of coming to eat and took her phone on her table and left immediately.

“The following day, the complainant sighted the accused dropping something on her door; she quickly left what she was doing to see what the accused had dropped.

“She saw the accused came to drop her SIM and she ran after him.

“The accused gave her a headbutt in order to escape but was apprehended and handed over to the police,” Awase said.

The offences contravened Sections 172 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 172 stipulates one year imprisonment for assault while Section 287 provides three years for stealing.

The case was adjourned until Nov. 13.

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