Four men — Richard Ekpong, Albert Oguda, Abiodun Lawal and Idris Ibrahim — who allegedly broke into a shop at Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, and stole phones worth N1.4 million, were yesterday arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ekpong, 20, is a student; Oguda, 21, unemployed; Lawal, 22, a trader and Ibrahim, 32, a businessman.
The Accused, who live at Ifako-Agege, Iju-Ishaga, Agbado Crossing and Ishaga, were brought before Magistrate J.A. Adigun on a three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.
They pleaded not guilty and were admitted to bail of N250,000 each, with two sureties.
Adigun said the sureties should be employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State government.
The prosecutor, Godwin Awase, said the accused committed the offences on June 26, at Otigba Street, Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said they conspired to break into the shop of Mrs. Mary Botire to steal phones, valued at N1.4 million.
“The accused burgled the complainant’s shop,” Awase said.
He said the accused destroyed the burglary proof where an air conditioner was fixed, to gain access to the shop.
“The accused came with sophisticated weapons, destroyed the burglary proof, removed the air conditioner and entered through the hole to steal,” the prosecutor said.
He said when they were arrested, they had already shared and sold the phones at cheaper prices.
The offences contravene sections 287, 306(2) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).
The case was adjourned till September 11 for mention.