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Furniture maker, 30, charged with stealing N90,000 planks

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Lagos – A 30-year-old furniture maker, Ibrahim Amodu, who escaped being burnt alive after allegedly stealing some planks, was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, who lives at Eko-Akete area of Lekki, Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Peter Nwangwu, told the court that the accused stole planks valued at N90, 000 belonging to the complainant, one Iyawe Oghovereh.

Nwangwu said the accused committed the offences on March 27, at 12.09a.m., at Elemoro in Ajah, Lagos.

“He brought a van which he used in packing the planks from an uncompleted building, but was apprehended by security guards who alerted other residents in the area.

“A mob, after beating him severely, had placed a tyre around the accused’s neck, poured petrol on him and was about to set him ablaze before the police came and arrested him,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 prescribes a three-year jail term for stealing

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

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Y. O. Aje-Afunwa, granted the accused N20, 000 bail with one surety in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa said the surety should provide evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail
conditions.

She adjourned the case until June 15, for mention. (NAN)

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