Lukmon Ajayi, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly dispossessing a man of N700,000 at knifepoint.

Ajayi, who resides at Ijesha, Lagos, is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace, unlawful display of dangerous weapons and stealing.

The prosecutor, Insp. Aondohemba Koti, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 3, at Ilasamaja, Mushin, Lagos.

But why would the 20-year-old man who works as a barber trade his work tools for crime weapons? It can only be greed.

Inspector Koti said that the accused and others still at large displayed a gun, knife and other dangerous weapons, and disturbed public peace.

“The accused and others now at large conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by displaying dangerous weapons in the community,” he said.

He said that the accused attacked the complainant, Mr Simon Okotie, and robbed him of N700,000.

“The accused threatened him with knife and commanded him to take them to his house or they would stab him, and he complied.

“The complainant’s business money was forcefully taken away from him.

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“When they left, the complainant raised alarm; the accused was arrested by men in the neighbourhood while his accomplices escaped,” the prosecutor said.

The alleged offences contravene Sections 51, 168, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 51 carries two years’ jail term for unlawful display of dangerous weapon while Section 287 attracts three years’ imprisonment for stealing.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs M.O. Tanimola, granted him bail of N100, 000 with two sureties, who must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until Nov. 7, for mention.

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