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Man arraigned over alleged property theft worth N750,000, granted N800,000 bail

A 28-year-old man, Muktar Yahaya, was on Tuesday arraigned in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for stealing property worth N750,000, but granted bail in the sum of N800,000.

The judge, Mr. Inuwa Maiwada, ordered that the defendant must produce one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until March 4, for hearing.

Yahaya, who resides at 37 Road, Gwarimpa, Abuja, had pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of housebreaking and theft levelled against him.

The prosecutor, Mrs. Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that Hajara Aboki, of War College, Gwarimpa, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on Jan. 30.

Ukagha said that the complainant reported that sometime in November 2018, she travelled to Suleja, Niger. She noted that her apartment was locked while the gate was unlocked because there were other occupants in the building.

The prosecutor said that the defendant allegedly locked her apartment with another padlock and kept the key.

On Jan. 30, the defendant called the complainant’s husband that the wife’s apartment had been burgled.

The complainant noted that she discovered that the gate was not tampered with, adding that only her property was broken.

She said that her plasma television set, sound system, DVD player, centre rug, room leather, table fan, water dispenser, boxes with clothes, microwave, and many other things, all valued at N750, 000, were stolen.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 355 and 288 of the Penal Code.


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