NEWS DIGEST – After pleading guilty to breaking into a shop and stealing electronics, a 20-year-old motor boy, Akeem Babatunde, was on Wednesday remanded in Kirikiri Prisons.
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court which gave the ruling said that Babatunde should remain behind bars, pending sentencing at the next date of adjournment.
Babatunde, whose address is unknown, confessed to a two-count charge of stealing and burglary before Magistrate, Mrs M.O. Tanimola.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Aondohemba Koti, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Feb. 8 at Ejigbo, near Lagos.
He said that Babatunde broke into a shop and stole electronics whose value and owner were not unknown yet.
“The defendant stole two plasma televisions and a DVD player,” Koti said.
He said that luck ran against the defendant as he was arrested on the way with a “Ghana must go” bag with the items.
“Babatunde was intercepted by members of the Odua Peoples’ Congress.
“When he was questioned, he could not give satisfactory account of his mission at the time of the night and the items he was carrying.
“He was handed over to a team of anti-robbery team, who followed him to locate where he broke into the shop but all efforts to locate the shop owner proved unsuccessful.”
According to Koti, offences contravene Sections 287 and 309 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 prescribes three years jail term for stealing while Section 309 attracts seven years for burglary.
The magistrate reserved judgment until Feb. 18. (NAN)