A 22-year-old musician, Muhammed Lawal, has been arraigned at an Upper Area Court Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory for stealing laptops and phones.
He appeared before the court on Monday, September 12 for charges bordering on criminal trespass and theft.
Lawal, an up-and-coming local musician resides in Gwako village, Gwagwalada area of Abuja.
He was reported to the police on May 14 by Ibrahim Danjuma of Yoruba Mosque Gwako village, Gwagwalada.
The prosecution counsel, Abdullahi Tanko, told the court that an unknown person invaded the complainant’s room and carted away his HP laptop, a Dell laptop valued at N31,500, and an Itel A56 phone valued at N29,500.
He added that other items stolen from the house include Itel small phone valued at N6,000, a charger valued at N1,500, a memory card valued at N3,500, a stabilizer at N3,500, a Philips pressing iron N5,300, bedsheet N4700, half bag of rice, N13,500 and tracking fee N20,000.
According to Tanko, the total amount of the stolen items was N99,200.
He also revealed that the defendant was tracked using the A56 Itel phone.
The prosecutor said the offense contravened sections 286 and 342 of the Penal Code.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
In an oral application, the defense counsel, Onekutu Idenyi, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.
Identify cited sections 158, 161, and 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015, to back up his submission for bail.
He said the defendant would abide by all the bail conditions if granted bail.
Judge Sani Umar admitted the defendant to N150,000 bail with one surety in like sum.
The surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
Umar ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison.
The has been adjourned until October 24 for a hearing.