Man steals microphone worth N160k from church

The accused broke in a church and stole a microphone valued N160, 000, property of a pastor,  Saheed Adeoti

A 31-year-old man, Tope Otenaike has been brought before an  Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Thursday for allegedly stealing from a church,  a microphone worth N160,000.

Otenaike is currently standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

Narrating the incident to the court, the prosecutor, Emmanuel Ajayi said the accused committed the offence on December 9, at 11.00p.m., at Phase 2 Extension, Adeniyi Adele Road, Lagos Island, Lagos.

Sgt. Ajayi said the accused broke in a church and stole a microphone valued N160, 000, property of a pastor,  Saheed Adeoti.

He said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that section 285 provides that any person who steals any property is guilty of a felony, and liable to three years imprisonment.

Mr Emmanuel Banny, counsel to the accused, urged the court to admit the accused to bail on liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs A. A. Famobiwo granted the accused N20,000 bail with one surety in like sum.

She said that the surety must provide evidence of tax payment and directed the prosecutor to verify the address of the surety.

Famobiwo adjourned the case to Jan. 29, for mention.

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