An Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Wednesday sentenced two teenagers — Waliu Ikudaisi and Ayodele Gafaru — to a 24-hour community service for allegedly stealing clothes valued at N100,000.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.S. Odusanya, said she decided to sentence the teenagers because they had been kept in prison custody since Jan. 29 for failing to perfect their bail conditions.
The duo — Ikudaisi, 18, and Gafaru, 19 — had pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of stealing and burglary.
The magistrate had granted them bail in the sum of N50, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
The complainant, Ikenna Nwankwo, had also stopped coming to court which infuriated the magistrate.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Bosede Adegeshin, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 22 at No. 8, Jacob Odesola St., Agric area of Ikorodu.
According to him, the accused broke into Nwankwo’s shop and stole assorted clothes valued at N100, 000.
“The accused were arrested by security guards in the area, who handed them over to the police.”
Adegeshin said the offences contravened Sections 278 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. [NAN]