Three men, Emmanuel Dennis (19), Chidiebere Ezenwa (18) and Stanley Kalu (18), were on Tuesday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing phones using dangerous weapons at Satellite Town, Lagos.
The trio is facing a four-count charge of stealing, assault, possession of dangerous weapons and breach of peace. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Inspector Paul Ugorji, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on January 28, 2020 at about 8pm at No 23, Adeoshodi Street, Ijegun, Satellite Town.
“The defendants stole one Itel phone valued at N7,000 property of one Ikenna Ugorji. They conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause the breach of public peace by gathering themselves with weapons such as sticks and cutlasses into the shop of one Omiawa Kingsley and stole his Tecno phone valued at N7,000 and also assaulted him by beating him up.
“The defendants also stole one Samsung Galaxy J5 with sim card and a memory card inside it valued at N77,000 property of one Odinigwe Ebuka,” Ugorji said.
According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 287, 168 and 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.
Magistrate L.O Kazeem granted the defendants bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum. The sureties are required to furnish the court with evidence of tax payment to Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case till February 26, 2020 for mention.