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Police arraign Abuja man for theft

On Monday, a 20-year-old man, Charles Michael, appeared before an Upper Area Court, Gwagwalada, FCT, for criminal conspiracy and trespass.

• August 1, 2022
Court symbol used to tell the story
Court symbol used to tell the story

A 20-year-old man, Charles Michael, on Monday appeared before an Upper Area Court, Gwagwalada, FCT, for criminal conspiracy and trespass.

Prosecution counsel Abdullahi Tanko told the court that Mr Michael conspired with other suspects Mohammed Idris and Ishaya Paul to break into a one-bedroom apartment on an estate located at Old Kutunku, Gwagwalada, where they stole electric wires, worth N500,000.

According to the prosecutor, the wire is the property of Kanu Ikenna of Dagiri, Gwagwalada, and who subsequently reported the matter at the police station on July 14.

He mentioned that Mr Michael, along with his accomplices, was caught while leaving the estate and the wires were recovered from them.

The prosecutor added that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 96 and 342 of the Penal Code.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

Defence counsel Isaac Adakole in an oral application, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

Mr Adakole cited Sections 158, 161 and 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 to back up his submission for bail.

He said if the bail was granted the accused would always make himself available until the final determination of the case.

The judge, Sani Umar, admitted the defendant to bail of N600,000, with one reliable surety in like sum.

Mr Umar said the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and provide a photocopy of valid means of identification.

He also explained that the surety should provide two recent passport photographs and his address must be verified by court staff.

He said if the accused was unable to meet the bail condition he should be remanded in prison custody.

The judge adjourned the case until September 28 for hearing. 


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