By Deborah Akpede
Ikeja – A 20-year-old labourer, Ahmed Yunusa, who allegedly stole N150,000, was on Wednesday docked before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Yunusa, is standing trial before Magistrate M.O Tanimola, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
Following his plea of not guilty, Tanimola released him on bail of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
He then adjourned the case until Aug. 22 for mention.
The prosecutor, Insp. Aondohemba Koti, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 29 at Isolo area of Lagos.
Koti said that the accused and others conspired to steal N150, 000 belonging to Mr Rilwan Akinbode.
“The complainant was going to bank to deposit the money when the accused accosted him, touched him and commanded him to enter his tricycle.
“The complainant met two other persons inside the tricycle, and on the way they collected N150, 000 from him and pushed him out of the tricycle.
“It was dawn on the complainant that the accused had charmed him to dispossess him of his money, and he reported the case to the police.
“Few days later, the complainant sighted the accused and called the police and he was arrested,” the prosecutor said.
The offences violated Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for stealing, while Section 411 prescribes two years for conspiracy.