By Adepote Arowojobe
Ikorodu (Lagos) – A teenager, Chimobi Emeka, on Friday, appeared before an Ikorodu Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly stealing a conduit wire worth N16,000.
Emeka, 17, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge bordering on stealing and breach of peace.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The Prosecutor, Insp. John Iberedem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 4, at about 1:30 am. on Ijede road, Ikorodu.
Iberedem said that the defendant also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.
According to him, the offences contravene Sections 287 and 168(1) (d) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. F. Azeez, granted the defendant N5,000 bail, with one surety in like sum, and ordered that the defendant be remanded in a correctional centre for six months.
Azeez, who ordered that the reports on the defendant must be given to the court on monthly basis, adjourned the case till July 7, for mention.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Section 287 stipulates a three- year jail term for stealing, while Section 168 prescribes three months imprisonment or N15,000 fine, if found liable.