Boy, 16 in Court For Hiding In Bank Overnight To Steal N340,000

The police in Lagos yesterday arraigned a 16-year-old boy, who allegedly hid in a bank toilet overnight and stole N340,000, was yesterday brought before a Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere.

The teenager (surname withheld) of Abimbola Street, Even Estate, Ajah, Lagos was arraigned by the Ajah Police Division, Lagos, on a one-count charge of stealing.

The police Prosecutor, Inspector Peace Chukwudi told the court in a charge marked C/09/2020 that the defendant committed the offence on February 19.

She alleged that the defendant was caught by security officials in the banking hall of a branch of First City Monument Bank (FCMB).

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Chukwudi also claimed that upon interrogation, the boy confessed that he gained entry into the bank just before 4pm, during closing time rush hour.

He went to the toilet and hid until everyone left for the day.

The court heard that the boy ransacked the workers’ safe at about 2:30 am, found the sum of N340,000 and concealed it in his clothes.

He tried to sneak out of the banking hall but was spotted and arrested by the bank’s guards.

The offence, according to Chukwudi, was punishable under Section 28 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Doja-Ojo remanded him at the Oregun Juvenile Corrective Home in Ikeja.

She then adjourned the matter till April 15 for facts and sentencing.

17th April 2024
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