LAGOS – Two artisans who appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday got N200,000 bail each over alleged theft of commuter’s valuables consisting of cell phone and cash worth N47,000.
The two accused, Ayomide Akande, 23, a cobbler and Akeem Ganiu, 20, a painter, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, assault and theft.
The duo, however, pleaded innocence of the offences and were granted N200,000 bail each with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mr T. A. Anjorin-Ajose, said that the accused must provide two responsible sureties, saying that one of the sureties must be a relative and the other a community leader.
The Prosecutor, ASP Fidelis Dike, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 10, at 6:00 a.m. at Obalende Area of Lagos.
He said that the accused persons assaulted Mrs Cynthia Chiegwu, on her way to work at Obalende bus stop, waiting for a bus to Ojuelegba and collected her bag.
Dike said that the duo attacked and manhandled her and collected her bag containing a Gioni mobile phone, valued at N20,000 and N27,000 cash, all valued at N47,000.
“Chiegwu raised alarm and passersby came to her rescue and apprehended Akande who took the police to their hideout where Ganiu was arrested, ‘’ he said.
The offences contravene Sections 175, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 173 and 287 stipulate three years imprisonment respectively while Section 411 prescribes two years imprisonment for anyone found guilty.
Magistrate Anjorin-Ajose adjourned the case until Feb. 4 for further hearing.