20-yr-old docked over alleged theft of friend’s ATM card

Badagry (Lagos State), April 28, 2015 (NAN) An unemployed man, Sunday Jerry, was on Tuesday arraigned in a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly stealing an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and stealing N5, 000.

The 20-year-old, who resides at No. 5, Omotayo St., Ashiribo in Ijanikin, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a charge of stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp Innocent Uko, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 29 at 10.00 p.m. in his apartment.

He said the accused used the ATM card belonging to the complainant, Mr Adeshola Folayegbe, to withdraw N5, 000 from his account.

According to him, both the accused and the complainant are friends.

“The accused and Folayegbe are close friends and they live in the same apartment.

“So he had access to his ATM card because of their closeness.

“He stole the ATM card while his friend was sleeping and sneaked out of the house to withdraw N5, 000 from his account.

“But unfortunately for the accused, his friend got a debit alert via his mobile phone on the transaction,” Uko said.

Uko also noted that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The counsel to the accused, Mr Debo Adewale, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms, promising that he would not jump bail.

Magistrate Abiodun Etti granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a surety who must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned till May 4 for further hearing.

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