Estate agent in court over ‘laptop theft’

Estate agent in court over ‘laptop theft’
Prosecutors did not attend Tuesday's hearing in the federal high court in Lagos, as they previously failed to present some of their witnesses in a case that had been repeatedly postponed.

A 42-year-old real estate agent, Fatai Kadiri, appeared in Ikeja Magistrates Court on Friday for allegedly stealing a laptop valued at 190,000 naira.

Kadiri, who resides in Sango in Ogun, faces one count of two counts of burglary and robbery, of which he has pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Ajayi told the court that the defendant committed the crimes on November 10 at 03:00 am in Agege, Lagos.

Ajayi said that the defendant broke into an apartment of the plaintiff, Mr. Ogunmola Olaoluwa, and stole the laptop.

“The defendant entered the plaintiff’s apartment, woke him up and demanded his laptop.

“He threatened to harm her if she refused to comply and then forcibly picked up the laptop and stormed out of the apartment.

“The complainant raised the alarm and some of his neighbors chased the accused and detained him.

“The laptop was recovered and turned over to the police,” the prosecutor said.

Ajayi noted that the alleged crimes contravene articles 287 and 308 of the 2015 Lagos State Penal Law.

Journalists report that Section 287 stipulates three years in prison for theft, while Section 308 provides seven years in prison for trespassing.

The Magistrate, Ms. O. Ogunsanya, granted the defendant a bond in the amount of N100,000 with two bonds in the same amount.

Ogunsanya said the bonds must be remunerated and have evidence of two years of payment of taxes to the Lagos state government.

She deferred the case to December 1 for mention.

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