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Man docked for allegedly stealing Nokia phone

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MARARABA – The Police on Monday arraigned Mr Akpla Simon of Deeper Life Junction Mararaba, Nasarawa State, in a Mararaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for stealing a Nokia phone worth N12,000.

Simon is facing a two-count charge of trespass and theft, contrary to section 349 and 288 of the Penal Code.

Section  349 stipulates that whoever commits criminal trespass shall be imprisoned for a term which may extend to one year or with fine of N100 or both.

Section 288 also stipulates that whoever commits theft shall be  imprisoned for a term which may extend to seven years or with fine or both.

Mr James Ahua, the police prosecutor, told the court that on June 5 and at about 6.30 a.m., one Sandra Chi of Gidan Bera, Mararaba, reported the case to the police.

Ahua said the plaintiff told the police that the accused, of the same address with the plaintiff, entered her room and stole her Nokia Asha phone valued at  N12,000.

Ahua alleged that effort by their neighbours to get the phone from the accused proved abortive.

Simon, who had no lawyer to defend him in the court, denied the charges and Ahua appealed to the court not to accept his bail application.

He said granting the accused bail would hamper the police investigation.

The presiding officer, Mr Habila Abundaga, however, granted the prosecutor’s pleas and directed the accused to be remanded in prison until June 30. (NAN)

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