Jobless Man Who Stole N1,100 Granted Bail Of N50,000

A 19-year-old man, John Akwaji, who allegedly stole his neighbour’s N1,100, was on Wednesday released on N50,000 bail on the orders of a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The Magistrate, Mrs F.O. Ikobayo, who gave the ruling, also asked  the accused person to produce one responsible surety in like sum as part of the bail condition.

She said the surety should also provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government

Akwaji, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count of unlawful entry and stealing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Richard Odigie told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 30 at Edomia Street, Oke-Ira Nla in Ajah area of Lagos.

He alleged that the accused unlawfully entered Mr Samson Popoola’s house at about 3.20 a.m. and stole N1,100.

“The accused is in the habit of entering the complainant’s room to steal but was caught when he came calling again. The complainant sighted him when woke up to go to the toilet, he raised alarm and the accused was apprehended, ” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 285 and 306 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Section 285 provides a three-year jail term for stealing, while Section 306 stipulates seven years imprisonment for unlawful entry.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. The magistrate adjourned the case until May 5.


  1. Hassan Aderemi27 April, 2017 06:19

    Good judgment at least it will serve as deterrent to others but same judgement should be applied to kingpin, who have stolen/looted our common wealth.

  2. This is injustice. Our politicians who stole billions got bails of thousands, at worst millions and never billions or trillions as in the case of this poor man

  3. Naija laws is meant for poor people.the looters are they living fine smh.

  4. oh boy see bail for a peanut money..naija judicial system sha,i pray the boy is able to raise it

  5. Dis is jst wickedness, some1 who can go so low 2 steal 1100 we shld knw he is really in need.wher wil he get 50k for bail?

  6. The reality of recession, God will help us

  7. How can someone who steal 1100 be given fine of 50000. How will he pay up

  8. Good judgement and 50k bail is too much.

  9. Oladimeji Seun27 April, 2017 12:34

    Ok, what of those that steal millions of naira, how much is their bail.

  10. C d huge difference..

  11. Funny judgement...

    Abeg beta send him back to prison and continue feeding him...

    Tis beta dat way...


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