A 28-year-old man, Oloruntoba Femi, has been brought before the Ojokoro Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing four plastic bottles of malt drink valued at N600.
The police said Femi had entered a shop belonging to one Mrs. Obawole Bolanle at Olorundipe Street, Iju Obawole in the Alagbado area of Lagos State and stole the items.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the accused person pretended to be deaf and dumb and was almost freed by the residents until a man gave him hot slaps, which made him cried out.
The defendant was eventually taken to the Iju Police Station.
He was arraigned on one count of stealing before a magistrate, Mrs. T. Akani, on Monday.
The charge read, “That you, Oloruntola Sunday Femi on May 25, 2014, at about 3.20pm at No.20 Olorundipe Street, Iju Obawole, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did steal four plastic bottles of malt drink valued at N600, property of one Obawole Bolanle, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 285 of Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.”
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of N5,000 with a surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned till June 19, 2014.