2 bricklayers allegedly steal pipes worth N168,000

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Two bricklayers — Akeem Olawale and Tunde Adejumo — who allegedly stole pipes worth N168,000 at a construction site, were on Wednesday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft, Olawale, 28, and Adejumo, 27, pleaded innocence of the offences.

The accused were, however, admitted to a bail of N50,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Magistrate A.M. Olumide-Fusika, who gave the ruling, said the sureties must be gainfully employed while other sureties should be blood relations of the accused.

Police Prosecutor Ben Ekundayo had alleged that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 1 at Ajayi Apata, Lekki Expressway, Lagos.

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He said the accused conspired and stole pipes valued at N168,000, property of their employer, Fak Construction Ltd.

“The site supervisor noticed that the building materials were being stolen and he put a guard there.
“The security guard caught the two accused as they were trying to smuggle six Acro pipes out,” he told the court.

The offences contravened Sections 287 (7) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 287 (7) stipulates seven years imprisonment for offenders, while Section 411 provides two years.
The case has been adjourned until Oct. 23 for mention.