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A bus conductor, Azeez Mustapha , on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates ’ Court in Lagos , for allegedly snatching a phone valued at N 75, 000 in traffic .
The accused, 23, a resident of No . 25, Akala Str. , Mushin , Lagos is being tried for conspiracy and stealing.
The Prosecutor , Yomi Egunjobi , told the court that the accused committed the offences on December 21, 2016 at about 7p. m . at the Oshodi /Anthony Express road , Lagos .
He alleged that the accused, with others still at large , snatched an LG phone from the complainant , Fahad Alayomaa , while driving in the traffic .
“ The complainant was held up in the traffic on his way home from work and was making calls on his phone .
Suddenly , the accused stretched his hand into the complainant ’ s car, snatched the phone and passed it to another person.
The complainant raised an alarm for help and the accused was caught by pedestrians, ” Egunjobi said .
He said the offences contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State , 2011.
Section 285 stipulates a three -year jail term for stealing , while Section 409 provides two years ’ imprisonment for conspiracy .
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In her ruling , the Chief Magistrate , Mrs . M . O . Oshinbajo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N 50, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum .
The sureties must include a blood relations of the accused and a community leader or clergy man , with evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government .
Oshinbajo adjourned the case to January 25, for mention.