Man bags jail term for stealing phone

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A 28-year-old man, Ibukun Adenekan, was on Tuesday sentenced to two months imprisonment for breaking into the residence of one Nicholas Adarerhi in the Mushin area of Lagos State and stealing an iPhone valued at N400,000.

The defendant was arraigned on February 22, 2023 by the Lagos State Police Command before Magistrate A.O. Salawu on four counts of stealing.

The prosecutor, Godwin Oriabure, told the court that Adenekan broke into Adarerhi’s compound at No. 43, Isaac John Street, Mushin, around 12.35am and stole his phone while he was bathing.

He added that the complainant, after he found out that his room was burgled and his phone missing, went to the security in the street and they traced the phone to Mushin where the defendant was arrested with the phone.

When the charges were read to him on his arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty and was remanded pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

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According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Section 308 and are punishable under Sections 411, 168(d), 308(2), and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.

In her ruling, the magistrate said, “On Count One of the charge, burgling and stealing, the defendant is sentenced to two months imprisonment with hard labour.

“On Count Two, which is a breach of peace, the defendant is sentenced to three-week imprisonment.

“On Count Three which is stealing, the defendant is sentenced to five weeks imprisonment and the sentence is to run concurrently from the time of arraignment February 2, 2023.”

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