Court remands 2 underagestudents for allegedhousebreaking



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Court remands 2 underagestudents for allegedhousebreaking
Posted on: October 06, 2013, 04:50:14 AM
A Dutse Senior Magistrates’ Court,
Abuja, on Friday, remanded two under
age students in police custody for
alleged housebreaking and theft. The two are charged with
housebreaking and theft. The suspects, who reside separately at
Dawaki village, Abuja, and Suleja in
Niger State, pleaded guilty to the
three-count charge and promised to
be of good behaviour. The Senior Magistrate, Chukwuemeka
Nweke, remanded the accused after
they pleaded guilty to the charges
against them. He ordered that they should be
remanded in police custody until
October 8, pending their conviction
having earlier pleaded guilty. Earlier, the police prosecutor, Cpl. Isaac
Kaura, prayed the court to try the
accused, who are juveniles, under
Section 71 of the Penal Code. The section provides that if an
accused, who is below eighteenth is
convicted by a court the case should
be tried in accordance with the
children and young persons’ law. He told the court that on Sept. 26, at
about noon, information was received
that three men suspected to be a gang
of thieves were operating in the
neighbourhood of Plot A27, Dawaki
Extension, Layout, Abuja. Kaura told the court that some
neighbours raised an alarm that two
suspected thieves had broken into a
house belonging to one Barrister
Samuel Eleojo, with the assistant of
one Majeed, who is now at large. “While the accused were stealing from
the apartment, one Sgt. Dambak
Meshak, and two others from the
Dawaki Police Outstation came to the
scene of the crime.” “They arrested the accused in the
apartment, while Majeed escaped,” the
police prosecutor said. He told the court that when the
accused were arrested, they were
found in possession of six different
types of wrist watches, two cell
phones and one sunny midget
recorder, valued at N200 000. Kaura told the court that during
investigation, the accused confessed
to the crime. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
gathered that the elder brother to one
of the accused, who pleaded for his
brother, said that he had always been
a problem to the family. He told the court that though the
family had provided everything for
him, “he refused to change from his
evil ways.”


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