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Student arraigned for midnight break-in at Lagos girls' hostel

30 June 2015, 21:31

Lagos - A 21-year-old student, Francis Onitiri, was on Tuesday charged before a Somolu Magistrates' Court, Lagos, for allegedly breaking into a girls' hostel at night with an intent to steal.

Onitiri, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of assault and conspiracy.

He, however, denied the charges.

But the prosecutor, Insp. Nurudeen Thomas told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large on June 22 at about 11.58 p.m. at Classic Girls' Hostel, No. 35, Morounfolu St., Akoka, Lagos.

He said Onitiri and his accomplices scaled the fence of the hostel with the intent of stealing, but the security guard on duty raised an alarm.

Also read: Lagos court remands two men over break-in, armed robbery

"While others took to their heels, Onitiri was not lucky and was immediately apprehended by the guard.

"The accused, who started struggling to free himself from the guard, brought out a knife and stabbed the guard in the face and chest.

"The security guard immediately alerted the girls in the hostel who helped to overpower the accused and was later taken to the police station,’’ Thomas said.

The offences, Thomas noted, contravened Sections 170 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Ruling on the bail application, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, granted him bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case to Aug.12 for mention.


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