2 docked over alleged theft of cell phone

THE police on Friday docked two friends, Chinemeren Ndukwe and Jairus Kevin, before a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly snatching a woman’s cell phone worth N65,000.

Ndukwe and Kevin, who reside at Kuchingoro village, Airport Road, Abuja, pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of Joint act and theft levelled against them.

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The prosecutor, Mrs Ukagha Ijeoma, told the court that the matter was reported at the Utako Police Station, Abuja, on May 21, by one Patience Audu, of Audu Tudun Wada, Karu, Nassarawa State.

She said that the defendants jointly and smartly snatched the complainant’s cell phone, valued at N65, 000 at Berger roundabout, while she was making calls.

The prosecutor said that the defendants sold the phone to one Abdul Hamidu of Kuchingoro village, Airport Road, Abuja, for N20,000.

“During a police investigation, the phone was traced to Hamidu and he was arrested.

“The offences contravened the provisions of Sections 79 and 288 of the Penal Code,’’ she said.

The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N100, 000, each, with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the case until July 1, for hearing.

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