Crime and Security

Dare-devil thieves steal Judge’s N300k cellphone, sell it for N10k

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A dare devil security guard Samson John attached to a High court Judge, conspired with his friend Ayodele Oluwagbemiga a stole a Samsung cellphone valued at N300,000. The duo sold the phone for a paltry N10,000.

According to a police report, the duo broke into the Judge’s house and stole one Samsung Galaxy phone, valued at N300,000, some jewelries valued yet unknown and the sold for N7,000.

A Police officer, Sgt. Usman Olayinka attached to the Judge, on Nov. 22, reported the case at the Ilorin Area Command office and the police immediately swung into action to investigate the theft.

The Investigating Police Officer (IPO) followed the accused to his home town in Otupa, Benue and arrested him for interrogation.

During police investigation, the accused were said to have confessed in his statement that he used the security room toilet key to open the main door and gained entrance into the judge’s room, and stole the items.

The suspects were immediately dragged before an Ilorin Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where they were ordered to be remanded in a Federal Prison yard for allegedly stealing of a cellphone belonging to a High Court Judge.

Chief Magistrate Ibijoke Olawoyin, gave the order, after the accused persons were charged with four counts of criminal conspiracy, trespass, house breaking, and theft.

The Prosecuting police officer, Insp Alhassan Jibrin told the court that on Nov. 22, one Sgt. Usman Olayinka attached to High Court Judge in Basin area, Ilorin, reported the case at the Area Command office of the police in Ilorin.

He said that the accused confessed to the crime and also confessed to have sold the Samsung Galaxy phone for N10,000 to one Michael at Asoka village, Benue, who is now at-large, and sold the jewelries at the rate of N7,000 to the second accused person at Fakeye street, Basin, Ilorin.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 348, 288 and 317 of the penal code law.

Olawoyin adjourned the case until Dec. 20, for further mention after the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the offence

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