A man identified as Mohammed Salisu has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly breaking into a police officer’s house in Lagos.
The accused, whose residential address was not provided, is facing two counts of burglary and stealing, Punch Metro reports.
It was gathered that the suspect had been living in an uncompleted building within the Police College, Ikeja.
It was learnt that the 45-year-old broke into the apartment of Ibrahim Ajanaku and allegedly stole the sum of N150,000 and property worth N100,000.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Abiola Adewale, told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 7, 2018, at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.
The prosecution alleged that the suspect knew the nooks and crannies of the college, adding that he had been stealing from the officers and students of the college.
“At about 1.35am, the suspect entered into the official quarters of CSP Ibrahim Ajanaku at the ‘X’ Block in the Police College. He first opened the door of his (Ajanaku’s) Suzuki car with number plate GGE 321 EL and ransacked it. Since he couldn’t find anything to steal, he broke into the apartment.
“He stole a bag worth N50,000, which contained the following items: UBA ATM card, Access Bank ATM card, two pieces of lawyers’ bib and lawyers’ golden studs, a 16GB flash drive, 2017 expired driving licence, digital camera charger, two wristwatches and cash sum of N150,000.”
Adewale added that the offences contravened sections 307 (2) and 280 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015
The charges read in part,
“That you, Mohammed Salisu, on November 7, 2018, around 1.33am at Block ‘X’, Police Staff Quarters, Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, in the Lagos State Magisterial District, did break into the house of one Ibrahim Ajanaku, a Chief Superintendent of Police, with intent to commit felony to wit; burglary.”
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The presiding Magistrate, Mr W. A. Salami, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
Salami said the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government and must have their addresses verified by the court.
He adjourned the case till December 13, 2018.