In Lagos Shoemaker docked over alleged theft of generator

The Prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Uko, told the court that the accused committed the offence at No. 24, Palace Road, Ijanikin area of Lagos State.

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A 23-year-old shoe maker, Salami Osawalu, was on Friday brought before a Badagry Chief Magistrates' Court in Lagos State for allegedly stealing a generator valued at N22,000.

The accused, whose address is unknown, faced a one-count charge of stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Uko, told the court that the accused committed the offence at No. 24, Palace Road, Ijanikin area of Lagos State.

Uko said that the accused stole the generator of the complainant, Mr Mufutau Ajadi.

"The accused was walking by and saw the generator placed outside a house with no one around there.

"He took the generator away but he was apprehended by the neighbour who smelt foul play because he had never seen the accused in the area before," he said.

The prosecutor noted that the offence was punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Counsel to the accused, Mr Debo Adewale, pleaded with the court to grant bail to the accused in liberal terms, noting that the accused would always attend court hearings.

The Magistrate, Mr Abiodun Etti, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50,000 and a surety, who must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned till August 1, for further hearing.

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