Police operatives in Ijede in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State have arrested six persons over the alleged theft of MTN mast inverter batteries.
The suspects were said to have broken into the MTN station at Gberigbe and stole 20 pieces of 12v 250HP inverter batteries valued at N18m.
The suspects are Tijani Oluwadamilare, 28; Oluwataye Hakeem, 42; Ogbonnaya Henry, 39; Rosemary Evans, 45; Fatai Jimoh, 35; and Tajudeen Olajide 34.
They were arraigned before the Ijede Magistrates’ Court 5 in the Ikorodu Magisterial District on six counts bordering on conspiracy, burglary and stealing.
The suspects pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against them.
The prosecutor, Aminu Isaac, said the accused committed the offences on December 19, 2018.
According to him, the suspects broke into the telecommunication masts T6463 and LG6434 sites and took away the inverter batteries valued at over N18m.
He added that the offences were contrary to and punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The charges read in part, “That you Tijani Oluwadamilare, Oluwataye Hakeem, Ogbonnaya Henry, Rosemary Evans, Fatai Jimoh, Tajudeen Olajide, and others at large, on or before December 19, 2018, along the Gberigbe telecommunications mast sites in the Ikorodu Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; burglary and stealing, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
“That you Tijani Oluwadamilare and others, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did break into and enter the telecommunication masts T6463 and LG6434, and committed felony contrary to Section 309 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria , 2015.
“That you Tijani Oluwadamilare and others on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did steal 20 pieces of 12v 250HP inverter batteries from the telecommunication mast sites valued N18m, properties of MTN Nigeria Limited, contrary to Section 287 (a) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”
The presiding magistrate, Mrs A. Oshodi-Makanju, granted the accused bail in the sum of N1m each with two sureties each, who must be resident within the Ikorodu Magisterial District.
Oshodi-Makanju also asked the sureties to deposit N100,000 in the court chief registrar’s account, and adjourned the case till March 5, 2019.