By Vivian Ibobo
A 28-year-old generator technician, Kazeem Osulana, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, charged with breaking into a shop and stealing foodstuff, worth N40,000.
Osulana, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of burglary and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp Victor Eruada, told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 26 at No. 30, Amosun Str., Oko-Oba in Lagos State.
He said the accused broke into the shop of the complainant, one Gloria Umanah, and stole half a bag of rice valued at N10, 000, blending machine valued N20,000 and some packets of Semovita also valued at N10,000.
“Umanah received a telephone call informing her that Osulana broke into her shop to steal but had been caught,” the prosecutor said.
The offences contravened Section 287 and 309 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
However, Osulana pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Section 309 prescribes a three-year jail term for the offence of stealing.
The Magistrate, Mrs G.O. Anifowoshe, in her ruling, granted the accused N40, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Anifowoshe said the sureties, who should be a blood relation of the accused, should also show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until Aug. 30 for mention.