Thief! Lagos court arraigns gatekeeper for alleged theft

The accused has been granted bail in the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum, until the case resumes on August 30, 2016.

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A Badagry Chief Magistrates' Court in Lagos, has arraigned a 28-year-old man, Steve Makinde, for allegedly stealing  N105,000 worth of pumping machine. 

Makinde was brought before the court on Friday, July 29, 2016, where he was charged with one-count charge of stealing. 

Innocent Uko, the prosecuting officer, revealed that the accused committed the crime on July 19 at No. 9, Joseph Dosu way, Badagry, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. 

He explained that Makinde is the gatekeeper of a house belonging to Mrs Dipo Afe, where the pumping machine was stolen.

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Uko said, "While the owner was fast asleep, the accused swung into action and removed the pumping machine where it was placed." 

"He then left the house quietly but he was caught while trying to board a bus. "

According to the prosecutor, offence contravenes with Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. 

Following a plea by the defence counsel, Mr Abiodun Etii, the court Magistrate  granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum. 

Further hearing has been shifted to case till August 30, 2016. 

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