A 21-year-old hotel cleaner, Andrew George, was on Friday brought before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing a lodger’s iPhone valued at N130,000.

George, who is facing a charge of theft, pleaded innocence of the offence.

But the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Uche Simeon, told the court that he was indeed sure that the accused committed the offence on February 4 at 8.30 p.m.

He alleged that the accused, a cleaner at Bizle Suites, located at Seriki Street, Ogo-Oluwa, Isashi, a Lagos suburb, while cleaning a room, stole a guest’s iPhone 6 valued at N130, 000.

Simeon said the complainant, Mr Collins Imojie, was charging his phone in his hotel room while he went out with his friends.

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“Imojie came back to his room and found out that his phone was missing; he complained to the hotel management.

“The management ordered a search on whoever cleaned the room. The guest and the hotel Manager, Mr Emmanuel Akiko’s Samsung phone valued at N10, 000, was found with the accused,” he said.

How Andrew will prove that these two phones developed legs and walked into his custody is what the court will be waiting to see at the next hearing in the case on March 26.

Pending this, the Magistrate, Mr A. A. Adesanya, admitted the accused to a bail of N50, 000 in addition to two sureties.

He said the sureties must be relations of the accused with an evidence of gainful employment.


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