The road to a man's heart is always linked to food somehow. 

Again, this could be playing out in the life of Tajudeen Lateef, who is standing trial for allegedly stealing a pot of soup. 

He is 56 and was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly breaking into a food vendor’s shop and making away with her pot of soup, and 10,000 Naira.

Lateef, who resides at Atan near Ota in Ogun, is being tried for stealing and he told the court he did not commit the crime.

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But the Police Prosecutor, Mike Unah, insisted that the accused committed the offence on May 3 at 27, Isiaka Street, Oko-Oba, Agege, a Lagos suburb.

He said the accused broke into the shop of the complainant, Tawa Amusa, ransacked it and stole a pot of soup valued at 3,000 Naira, and then 10,000 Naira cash.

He also stole a phone valued at 3,000 Naira belonging to Jamiu Onifade, Unah told the court.

“The accused was, however, caught by some security guards who were near the scene,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the police official as saying. 

The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 and carries a penalty of three years imprisonment.

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The Magistrate, Mr A.A. Fashola, granted bail to the accused in the sum of 10,000 Naira with one surety in like sum.

Fashola said the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government and adjourned the case until May 28.

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