Suspected thief changes plea when about to be sentenced
Ikeja, July 8, 2019: A 21-year-old unemployed man, Qudus Ololade, who pleaded guilty to dispossessing a man of an iPhone and N30,000, on Monday changed his plea as he was about to be sentenced.
Ololade, was on June 7 arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, and was remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons, Apapa, Lagos, following his guilty plea.
The case was adjourned until Monday for review of the facts and sentencing.
However, when the Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Aderibigbe, was about to sentence him, the defendant changed his plea, saying that he pleaded guilty under duress.
Aderibigbe, therefore, granted him bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties who should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The defendant, who resides at Okokomaiko, Lagos, was charged with a count of stealing.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Mojirade Edeme, the defendant committed the offence on May 7 at Iyana-Iba, Lagos.
Edeme said that the defendant stole an iPhone 6 Plus worth N195, 000 and N30, 000 from one Mr Chima Ugo.
“The defendant removed the items from the complainant’s bag while both were rushing to enter a bus.
“He jumped down from the bus before the complainant could discover the theft.
“Unfortunately for him, he was arrested by the police, when asked about his mission at that time of the night.
“He could not give a satisfactory answer, and when he was searched, the items were found on him.
“During interrogation, it was discovered that he stole the items. The defendant was taken to a police station,” the prosecutor said.
According to the prosecutor, Ugo was reached through a contact on his phone.
Stealing contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and attracts three years’ imprisonment
The case was adjourned until July 24 for mention