‘It is true that I stole… but I didn’t take away my loot’ – Robber

22-year-old Jamiu Labara didn’t waste the court’s time at the Lagos Magistrate when he abruptly pleaded guilty to the offences read out to him, save for one.

Labara was arrested over an alleged burglary on March 18 and was arraigned before a magistrate, Oyetade Komolafe, on four counts of burglary and assault.

He plead guilty to all three counts of burglary but pleaded not guilty of assault.

Labara wasn’t alone, however.

According to the police, his accomplices were still at large but had fled with 10 packs of scrabble game, 21 toys, 23 photo frames, 18 wall clocks, snacks, among other items which were valued at about N200,000.

Labara quickly admitted to his crime saying, “It is true I stole the items from the shop but I did not take them away. I was arrested at the scene of the crime. I am sorry. I was not in my senses. I did not burgle the shop intentionally. I was holding an object but I didn’t injure anybody.”

Sergeant Joseph Ajebe, a Police prosecutor, told the court that the charges preferred against the defendant were punishable under sections 171, 285 and 307 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

It reads, “That you, Jamiu Labara, and others at large, on March 18, 2016 at about 5am on Oniwaya Road, Dopemu, Agege, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal 10 packs of scramble game worth N35,000, 21 toys valued at N28,700, 23 photo frames valued at N73,300, 11 decorative flowers worth N28,600, 18 wall clocks worth N41,800 and snacks valued at N18,000 – all property of Mrs. Afusat Taiwo.”

“That you, Jamiu Labara, did assault one Olatunmise Odubote by using a sharp object to inflict injuries on his head, which caused him bodily harm, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”

The presiding magistrate adjourned the case till July 8, 2016 for fact and sentence.


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