Two men arraign for stealing wood in Lagos
Last Thursday, two men, William Offor and Syprien Azangbe, were brought before a Lagos State Magistrates' Court in Ebute-Metta, charged with the alleged theft of wood valued at N6 million. The police accused them of conspiring with others to commit the crime, stealing the wood belonging to Olanrewaju Tajudeen and Akudo Omotayo on July 19, 2022, at No. 150, Abeokuta Street, Ebute-Metta.
The charges pressed against Offor and Azangbe included two counts - conspiracy and stealing - both of which are offenses under Sections 411 and 287 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
During the initial reading of the charges, the defendants pleaded guilty to the first count but pleaded not guilty to the second count. However, their lawyer, S.R. Makanjuola, requested the court to allow the defendants to take their plea again, as they claimed not to fully comprehend the charges, leading to conflicting pleas.
Responding to the application, Magistrate Folashade Kayode ordered that the charges be read to them once more. Upon the repetition, the defendants pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The defense counsel then sought bail for the defendants, urging the court to grant it liberally. In response, Magistrate Kayode granted bail to Offor and Azangbe in the sum of N500,000 each. Additionally, they were required to provide two sureties each, with the same amount of N500,000 as a guarantee.
The case was adjourned until September 20, 2023, to begin the trial proceedings.
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