Lagos - A 20-year-old bus conductor, Taiye
Taiwo, was on Monday arraigned at a Tinubu Magistrates' Court in Lagos for
allegedly robbing a female motorist of N12,000 cash and her mobile phone.
Taiwo, whose address was not provided, is being tried for
conspiracy and stealing.
He, however, denied the charges.
The prosecutor, Insp Livinus Okeke told the court that the
bus conductor committed the offences with others still at large on April 20 at
UBA Roundabout, Marina on Lagos Island.
He said the accused robbed a motorist, Mrs Vera Denedo,
while she was in the traffic.
"The accused and his accomplices took advantage of the
traffic to steal from the complainant, who came to Lagos Island for a business
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"Her LG mobile phone worth N6, 000 and N12, 000 was stolen
by Taiwo and others," he said.
"Taiwo, however, ran out of luck when a few days later the
complainant who was driving on the road spotted the accused loitering in the
"At 7.30 a.m. on April 27, the complainant spotted the
accused at the same area she was robbed.
"She immediately alerted the police who apprehended the
The offences, Okeke noted, contravened Sections 285 and 409
of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused
may be sentenced to three years imprisonment if convicted.
In his ruling, the Magistrate, Mr L.A. Owolabi, granted the
accused bail in the sum of N10, 000 with a surety in like sum.
Owolabi adjourned the case to May 5 for mention.