…Trader in court for stealing cellphone from customer’s pocket***
A 54-year-old woman, Olabisi Olawoye, who allegedly posed as a Police Supt. (SP), on Friday appeared in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The defendant was brought before the court on a charge of impersonation.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Kehinde Omisakin, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in the month of August 2018 at Magistrate Court 1, Ogba, Lagos.
She said that the defendant had personated as a Police Supt. attached to the Surveillance Section, State CID, Panti, in a bid to defraud Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje.
The offence, Omisakin noted, contravened Section 380(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Komolafe, however, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties each in like sum, with evidence of tax payments to the Lagos state government for the last three years.
She, however, fixed June 6, for further hearing of the case.
In the meantime, the police on Friday arraigned a 20-year-old trader, Abubakar Hassan, in a Mararaba Upper Area Court, Nasarawa State for allegedly stealing a cellphone from a customer’s pocket.
The defendant, who resides in One Man Village, Karu, Nasarawa State, is charged with extortion, offence he denied committing.
The Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. Hamen Donald, told the court that the complainant, one Monday Paulinus of Nasarawa Polythechnic, reported the matter at the Mararaba Police Station on April 29.
He said the defendant stole a ”Tecno Spark K9” cellphone, valued at N46,000 from his customer’s pocket.
Donald informed the court that the defendant was chased and arrested with the stolen cellphone while trying to escape.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 292 of the Penal Code.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
Judge Ibrahim Shekarau admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until May 8, for hearing.