CITY NEWS La­gos po­lice re­cover AK-47 Teenager re­manded over phone theft ri­fle from flee­ing rob­bers

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

An Ikeja Chief Mag­is­trate Court yes­ter­day re­manded a 12- year -old boy, (name with­held), in a ju­ve­nile home for al­legedly steal­ing a mo­bile phone val­ued at N5,000.

The boy, who is said to be out-of-school, re­sides with his mother’s re­la­tions at Egbeda, a sub­urb of La­gos. He is fac­ing a charge of steal­ing.

Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor Clif­ford Ogu told the court that the of­fence was com­mit­ted on July 17, 2017 at Kuffo bus stop, Ay­obo in Ipaja area of La­gos.

“The com­plainant, Mr Taiwo Adeleke, was charg­ing his mo­bile phone in­side his tri­cy­cle and was dis­cussing with col­leagues when the boy stole the phone.

“The boy sneaked into the tri­cy­cle, re­moved the phone and dis­ap­peared.

The fol­low­ing week, the same boy came back to the spot to beg for money, but un­for­tu­nately for him, a woman who saw him when he stole the phone raised an alarm and he was im­me­di­ately ap­pre­hended and handed over the po­lice,’’ he said.

The of­fence con­tra­vened Sec­tion 287 of the Crim­i­nal Law of La­gos State, 2015.

The boy pleaded guilty to the charge.

In his rul­ing, Chief Mag­is­trate Taiwo Akanni re­manded the boy in Ju­ve­nile Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre at Ore­gun in Ikeja. She ad­journed the case in­def­i­nitely. to

De­tec­tives at­tached to the Rapid Re­sponse Squad (RRS), La­gos State Com­mand at the week­end re­cov­ered one AK-ri­fle that was aban­doned by a gang of rob­bers in Apapa.

The three-man armed rob­bery gang were al­legedly on their way for an undis­closed op­er­a­tion when they ran into the po­lice team who were pa­trolling the area.

It was gath­ered that the rob­bers were ac­costed at around 11:00 p.m car­ry­ing a big black bag.

Spokesman for the com­mand, Olar­rinde Fa­mous-Cole who con­firmed the re­cov­ery said the re­cov­ery was made last Fri­day night.

He said: “The op­er­a­tives, who were on rou­tine pa­trol of Apapa sighted three young men at around 11:00 p.m car­ry­ing a bag. The of­fi­cers ac­costed them but the sus­pects on sight­ing the of­fi­cers, dropped their bag and fled the scene. A check on the con­tent of the bag re­vealed an AK-47. No am­mu­ni­tion was found in the bag.”

He said ef­fort was on­go­ing to track down the flee­ing gun­men.

Cole how­ever ad­vised par­ent to al­ways mon­i­tor their chil­dren, not­ing that some teenagers are lured into crime by peer group in­flu­ence.

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