A 24-year-old man, Gbenga Kalejaiye, has been arrested and charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for allegedly stealing from a woman, using charms.
Kalejaiye, a resident of Gowon Estate, was said to have tied charms
around his waists when he approached his victim, one Mrs Mary Musa,
after which he hit her and she fell, losing consciousness.
The accused stole N125,000 from his victim.
The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court on Tuesday that
the accused committed the offences on Oct. 4 at Oremeji Street, Ilupeju,
He said Kalejaiye, who lives at Gowon Estate, Egbeda, is being tried
for breach of the peace, stealing and unlawful possession of charms,
adding that the accused and others still at large conspired to attack
the victim with charms and stole her N125,000 valuables and cash.
Ogu said that a company PNN Nigeria Ltd was owing the complainant N2
million, but when she came for her money, the company sent thugs to
“The complainant and her husband supplied N2 million worth of diesel
to the organization, but when the complainant’s husband died, the
company refused to pay the money.
“Any time the complainant came for the money, the company would give one excuse or the other.”
The prosecutor said on the fateful day the complainant came as usual
to collect her money, but the management refused to open the gate for
her and she kept knocking.
“She kept knocking the gate and all of a sudden, a vehicle arrived
with six thugs ordering her to leave and warned her not to come back to
“When the complainant insisted on collecting her money, the accused
and others brought out charms tied around their waists and hit her, and
“When she regained consciousness, she ran for her dear life and the accused pursed and snatched her bag.
“The accused ransacked her handbag and stole one iPad valued at N80,000 and a cash of N45,000, totalling N125,000.
According to the prosecutor, the complainant saw a team of policemen
on patrol and narrated her story and the police rush to the scene.
“When the accused sighted the policemen coming toward them, they
rushed back into their vehicle, drove off leaving the accused behind.”
The offences contravened Sections 166, 285, 327 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the accused risks a three-year imprisonment if convicted.
However, the accused pleaded innocence of the offences and was
granted bail in the sum of N150,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mrs T. Akanni, adjourned the case to Dec. 5 for mention. (NAN)