Man Arraigned For Alleged Phone Theft In Edo

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A 21-year-old man, Joseph Osaretin, was on Friday arraigned one before an Ogbeson Chief Magistrates’ Court in Benin for allegedly stealing six different phones.

The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Iyawe, said the defendant was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy to commit felony and stealing.

According to Iyawe, the defendant on April 31, 2021 at Upper Mission Extension, Aduwawa Quarters in Benin and within Oregbeni Magisterial District, stole the phones.

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He further told the court that the phones belonging to one Kelvin Oscar worth N640,000 in total.

The prosecutor said the phones include, IPhone of different grades, Infinix S4 and X7, as well as one Bontel phone.

He said that the offence contravened Sections 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of the defunct Bendel State, 1976, now applicable in Edo.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against him.

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His Counsel, Mrs C J Nkadi, applied for his bail, assuring the court that he would not jump bail.

The police prosecutor did not oppose the bail application.

Consequently, the Chief Magistrate, Mutairu Oare, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N200,000 with one surety in likesum

He said the surety must be a responsible person and should depose to an affidavit of means.

Oare also directed that the surety must deposit two recent passport photographs of himself and that of the defendant with the court.

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He directed the court registrar to verify the information supplied about the surety’s residence.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case to May 4 for hearing.

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