An adage in Delta State says the time that a thief spends in observing a person to steal from is enough for the thief to work with his hands and earn a legitimate money. 

This is the case of Oriyomi Sholanke, a 25-year-old alleged pickpocket who was arraigned before a Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday.

After his case wa called in court, Sholanke was granted bail in the sum of 50,000 Naira for stealing 25,000 Naira phone in a bus stop.

This is a great deterrent decision that could check the excesses of pickpockets in Lagos State. 

Magistrate E. Kubeinje, granted bail to Sholanke, who allegedly stole an Infinity Note 2 phone from the pocket of Mr Jerry Okon at car wash bus-stop along Oworonahoki/Gbagada Expressway, Lagos.

After the defendant pleaded not guilty to counts of conspiracy and stealing, Kubeinje adjourned the case until April 10 for mention. ‎

The Prosecution Counsel, Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the defendant and others still at large, stole the phone at 6.30 p.m local time on March 7.

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Ihiehie said that the defendant removed the phone from the complainant’s back pocket as he was rushing to board a bus along with other passengers.

He said that the defendant who tried to cross to the other side of the road to hand the phone to his accomplices, was caught by a bus conductor.

Ihiehie said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 287 (5) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. 

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