A 39-year-old man, Samuel Egbe, who allegedly stole wine and spray starch from a supermarket, on Monday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Egbe, who lives on Aminu Street, Ketu, Lagos, is facing a count charge of stealing, but he pleaded not guilty.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, the accused stole two bottles of wine and two bottles of spray starch from a supermarket belonging to one Mr Tochukwu Okafor.
Ihiehie said that the accused committed the theft on Nov. 7, at 10.30p.m at No. 455, Ikorodu Road, Ketu, adding that the items worth N17, 900.
“The accused came to the supermarket, pretended to window shop but stole a bottle of black label wine worth N7,000 on Nov. 3
“Two days after, the accused came again, pretending to buy something in the supermarket and stole a bottle of Jack Daniels wine worth N7,500.
“Since that day, he was being monitored until Nov. 7 when he came again and stole two spray starch valued at N3, 400, and was apprehended,” he submitted.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that stealing contravenes Sections 287 and of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The offence is punishable with seven years’ jail term.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case until Dec. 19, for mention