A student of the Oshodi Junior High School, in Lagos, has been charged with breaking into the vice principal’s office at night. The 15-year-old suspect, Teslim Mukartdas, was on Monday arraigned along with his accomplice, Qudus Bello, 19, before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The suspects are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, burglary, damage and stealing.
The prosecutor, Ezekiel Ayorinde, an assistant superintendent of police, told the court the offences were committed on April 29.
He said the accused damaged the school’s ceiling, property of Lagos State Government.
“The accused broke the ceiling to gain access into the Vice-Principal’s office to steal five phones, the values of which were yet to be ascertained.
“They also drank all the soft drinks in the V.P’s refrigerator,” Ayorinde alleged.
The prosecutor said the school management got wind of the student’s involvement in the crime the next morning.
“Mukartdas was questioned and he confessed that he burgled the V.P’s office because his girlfriend’s phone was among the seized phones,” the prosecutor said.
He added that the offences contravened Sections 287, 307 (c), 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The duo, however, pleaded “not guilty” and was admitted to a bail of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. The court instructed that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show proof two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until June 27 for mention.