Two men, Benjamin Ewa Emmanuel Ikechukwu, 32, and Anani Henry, 26, were today, arraigned before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos for stealing an armoured cable valued N2, 565, 350 million, belonging to a real estate firm, Nicon Town Management Company Plc.
The duo and others now at large, were also accused of stealing the firm’s car and working permit stickers valued N450, 000.
The two accused persons were arraigned before the court presided over by Chief Magistrate Aro Lambo, in a charge marked G/50/18, on five counts charges bordering on conspiracy, breaking into building and stealing by men of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, told the court that the two accused persons who are staff of the company and electrician by profession and others still at large, conspired among themselves and forcefully broke into the company premises located at Nicon Town Estate, Lekki Phase 2, between October 2017 and June 2018, and carted away the said cables and stickers.
Barrister Animashaun told the court that the offences committed by the accused persons, are contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 309 (1) (2), 287 (5) (f), and 287of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The two accused however, denied committing the act. Consequently, their lawyers, Peter Agboola and A. O. Alice, urged the court to admit them to bail in the most liberal terms.
But the Prosecutor, Barrister Animashaun, pleaded with the court to discountenance the defendants’ bail application and dismiss same, as granting it will jeopardize police efforts in arresting others still at large and that it took the police longer time before the two accused were apprehended.
He, however, told the court that in case the court is incline to granting the applications, it should be with stringent terms, to guarantee the attendance of the defendants in court.
The presiding Chief magistrate, Aro Lambo, after listening to both parties, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N200, 000, with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate also ordered that the sureties must show to court, evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government, with evidence of means of livelihood.
The Presiding Magistrate also ordered that that the prosecutor should verify all the documents submitted by the sureties, while adjourning the matter till August 2, for mention.
Count one of the charge against the two defendants read, “That you Benjamin Ewe Emmanuel lkechukwu ‘M’-Ananl Henry ‘M’ and others now at Large sometimes in the Month of October 2017, at NiCON Town Estate, Lekki Phase ii, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial district did conspired together to commit felony to wit: Breaking into building and committing felony and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
“Count three reads, “That you Benjamin Ewa Emmanuel lkechukwu ’M’ Anani Henry ‘M’ and others now at Large sometimes in the Month of October 2017, at NlCON Town Estate, Lekki Phase ll, Lagos, in Lagos Magisterial District did steal a pack of car stickers and workers permit valued Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand (N450,000) property of NICON Town Management Company Plc and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 287 (5) (f) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
Count 5: That you Benjamin Ewa Emmanuel Ikechukwu ‘M’, Anani Henry ’M’, and others now at Large sometimes in the Month of June 2018, at NICON Town Estate, Lekki Phase ii, Lagos in Lagos Magisterial district did steal a Electrical Armoured Cable valued Two Million, five hundred and sixty Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N2,565,350,00) property of NICON Town Management Company Plc and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.