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In Lagos Welder remanded in prison after pleading guilty to break-in, phone theft

The Magistrate, Mr O. S. Aka-Bashorun, who gave the ruling, said the accused should remain in custody pending sentence.

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A welder, Levit Chibike, who pleaded guilty to breaking into a house and stealing a phone valued at N25,000, was on Thursday remanded in Ikoyi Prisons on the orders of a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The Magistrate, Mr O. S. Aka-Bashorun, who gave the ruling, said the accused should remain in custody pending sentence.

The accused, 29, resides at No. 5, Grace St., Bariga, Lagos, was arraigned for a two-count charge of break-in and stealing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Onaiwu Iyobosa told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 12 at about 3.00 a.m. at No. 11, Olomowewe St., Bariga.

Iyobosa said the accused broke into the apartment of the complainant, Mike Obi while he was sleeping and stole his Tecno phone.

“The accused was about to burgle another apartment when the occupant raised alarm that attracted other neighbours, who helped to apprehend him.

“He was immediately taken to the police station,’’ she said.

The offences contravened Sections 307 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for offenders, while Section 307 provides seven years.

The magistrate fixed May 2 for sentence.

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