Student, 23, arraigned over burgling of provost’s office

courtA 23-year-old student, Micah William, on Monday appeared before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly burgling the office of the provost of his school.

William, a 200 Level student who resides at No.16 Karimu Kaka St., Egbeda, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of burglary and stealing.

The prosecutor, ASP Godwin Anyanwu, told the court that the accused on October 4 at 2.00 a.m., burgled the office of the provost of the College of Health and Technology, at No.81, Harvey Road, Yaba.

He said that the defendant broke into the provost’s office and stole projectors, laptops, phones and printers, valued at N381,000, property of the Lagos State College of Health Technology.

“The defendant and his accomplices, who are still at large, broke into the provost’s office, disconnected the equipment and carted them away.

“The equipment stolen include four projectors, two HP laptops, one Compaq laptop, two HP printers and two Blackberry phones valued at N381,000.

“He was arrested following a formal complaint at the police station,” Anyanwu said.

The prosecutor said that some students who witnessed the break in identified William as one of the culprits.

He also said that the print of the defendant’s pair of slippers was also discovered at the scene of the burglary.

The prosecutor said that when the student was interrogated on how the print of his slippers was at the scene of the crime, he could not give a satisfactory explanation.

Anyanwu said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 305 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Section 305 prescribes seven years imprisonment for anyone found liable of burglary.

William, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The chief magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case to Nov. 21 for mention