A 24-year-old secondary school student, Babatunde Sodiq, who allegedly stole N1m worth of gold necklace, on Monday, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

According to the Police Prosecutor, Insp Rita Momah, the accused was facing a count charge of stealing.

Sodiq, who lives at Oseni Street, Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty and the magistrate, Mr MKO Fadeyi, granted him a bail of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Momah said that the accused committed the offences on May 22 at Mushin in Lagos.

She said that the accused stole a gold necklace valued N1m, the property of one Mrs Feranmi Sholola, stressing that he was on a visit to the complainant, who was a neighbour.

According to Momah, both the accused and the complainant, who reside on the same street, are close friends.

The prosecutor said that Sodiq during the visit told Sholola that he liked her chain and as the accused admired the gold chain on her neck, he requested her to remove it for him to see more properly.

“The complainant gave him the gold chain, but before she could turn back, the accused had disappeared with the gold chain to an unknown destination.

“The complainant searched for him but was nowhere to be found and the accused refused to answer his phone calls,’’ she said.

The prosecutor told the court that when the accused was arrested, he claimed to have sold the necklace for N318, 000.

“The accused was arrested after five days of his disappearance, but he claimed to have sold the property to a buyer he could not locate his address,’’ she said.

The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). The accused person if found guilty, is liable to a sentence of three years imprisonment.

The case was adjourned to July 5 for mention.

(NAN)

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