Police inflate value of stolen items as judge frowns

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The accused is alleged to have committed rape, sexual-assault and robbery

A mild drama played out in a Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Ikeja, on Wednesday, after police lawyers failed to reconcile the cost of the items they wrote in their charge sheet with the items’ real value.

During the arraignment of Jimoh Musa, 35, a suspect in a nine-count case of sexual assault, rape, and robbery, the police stated that Mr. Musa, after sexually harassing a lady, Yemisi Adesoji, made away with her boyfriend’s Blackberry phone and a wallet containing N50, 000.

According to the police, the total values of the stolen items were N100, 000.

However, when the presiding magistrate, J.A Anabor, called out Gabriel Ohima, who owned the stolen items, he contradicted what the police wrote in the charge sheet.

Mr. Ohima said that he had N25, 000 in his wallet, in addition to his Blackberry Curve 4 which he said he bought last Saturday at the Ikeja Computer Village at a cost of N62, 000.

He also told the magistrate that he did not include the value of his wallet in the total cost of the lost items.

The court produced a price list, which had the market price of mobile phones and other gadgets, wherein they revealed that a Blackberry Curve 4 costs N42, 000.

PREMIUM TIMES independent findings at the Ikeja Computer Village corroborated the court’s price as a brand new Blackberry curve 4 sells for between N41,900 and N42,200 while a UK used goes for N34,000.

“The charge was prepared by the team leader,” the Investigating Police Officer, Adeboye Adebayo, said when responding to the magistrate’s question on how the police arrived at N100, 000.

Ms. Anabor advised the police to state the actual value of the stolen items so that they would not jeopardize their case in court.

‘ASSAULT IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT’

Narrating what transpired on the night she was allegedly sexually molested, Ms. Adesoji said that she had closed from work at an hotel where she worked as a waitress and had gone to meet Mr. Ohima, her boyfriend at a guest house at Iju-Ishaga.

Ms. Adesoji, 23, stated that the incident occurred after she had checked into their room, where her boyfriend had been waiting for her, and she had slept.

The manager of the guest house, who was a witness, stated that he heard “some little noise” in the room at about 2:45 a.m.

“The lady said that this man (Mr. Musa) came into their room and was harassing her. She was crying.”

The lady’s boyfriend, Mr. Ohima, told the magistrate that he slept through the incident.

“He (Mr. Ohima) was deep asleep. I was even pouring him water,” the manager said.

The magistrate advised the couple to lock their room “in case of next time.”

The police also accused Mr. Musa of sexual harassment and rape of Bolaji Amoo, 20; as well as touching her private parts without her consent.

They further added that Mr. Musa stole his victim’s Nokia phone, jewelries, and money with a total value of N50, 000.

Mr. Musa denied all the allegations.

Ms Amoo was absent in court.

Ms. Anabor, while adjourning the matter till November 6, advised the counsels to try and reach a settlement before going to trial.

She granted the suspect bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two “responsible” sureties who have evidence of tax payment.

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