Two men, Ahmed Ogunjimi and Rasidi Abiola, who allegedly broke into some houses and robbed residents of their valuables with a toy gun, were on Friday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, Ogunjimi, 30, a bricklayer and Abiola, 29, an auto mechanic, were arraigned before the Magistrate, J.A. Adigun, on a three-count of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.
The accused, both residents of Alausa, Ikeja, however, pleaded not guilty and were admitted to a bail of N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Adigun said the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
According to the prosecutor, Godwin Awase, the accused committed the offences on September 1 at 2am on Kudirat Abiola Way, Ikeja.
He said the accused and others still at large, who were armed with a toy gun, conspired to burgle the apartments of Messers Uchenna Oluigbo, Lawrence Oyinda and Yusuf Abubakar.
“The accused broke into the houses of the complainants and carted away their property.
“They threatened to shoot the complainants with the “gun” if they refused to comply and out of fear, the complainants cooperated.
“The accused stole different types of phones, gold necklaces, cash from the complainants which values were yet to be ascertained,” Awase said.
According to the prosecutor, the men were arrested by the vigilance group of the community.
“The accused were arrested while others escaped with the stolen items.
“The police discovered that the gun in their possession is a wooden toy gun,” Awase told the court.
The offences contravened Sections 287, 307 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised).
The accused may be jailed seven years if found guilty, according to the provisions of Section 307.
The case was adjourned until September 28 for mention.