Four men, who allegedly broke into an apartment and stole valuables worth N5.4 million, were on Tuesday, arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate Court in Lagos.
The defendants, Daniel Odey, 25; Akor John, 21; Chimeh Ifoma, 20 and Chima Okpara, 34, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy, breaking in and stealing preferred against them.
The Prosecutor, Bisi Ogunleye, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Oct 28 at 05:30 pm at Ikeja GRA.
He said that the defendants broke into the residence of Layeni Adeyemo and stole her gold and money.
According to the prosecutor, the offences violate Sections 287, 307 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Newsmen reports that Section 287 carries three years’ imprisonment for stealing while Section 307 attracts seven years for breaking in.
The Magistrate, Ejiro Kubeinje, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum, saying that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos government.
Kubeinje, thereafter, adjourned the case till Jan. 12, 2021, for mention.