Cobbler docked in Lagos for brandishing toy gun


A 22-year-old cobbler, Taofeek Aina, on Tuesday appeared in an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, over the alleged use of a toy gun to threaten the public.

Mr. Aina, who resides at 15, Olubi Street, Ikorodu, was arraigned before Magistrate B.A. Sonuga on a two-count charge of breach of peace and possession of arms.

According to the charge sheet, the offences were committed around 6 p.m. on Oct.7, at Benson Bus-Stop in Ikorodu.

The prosecutor, Iyabo Johnson, said that the accused was caught with the toy gun while threatening innocent citizens around the area, thereby causing panic.

Mr. Johnson said the offence contravened Sections 166 (d) and 327 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State.

Counsel to the defendant, Bunmi Alli, urged the court to admit her client to bail on liberal terms.

The Magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Mr. Sonuga adjourned the case till Nov. 6, for mention.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the accused could not meet the bail condition and was taken back to prison.



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  • Jeno Cosi

    This article doesn’t belong here. The author appears elitist and out of touch. In his efforts to be smart, he presented an incoherent and convoluted analysis that didn’t answer any questions about how to reduce unemployment. No sir providing electricity will not lead Nigerians to become baby making machines. It will enable then to be more effective and efficient in whatever they want to do. Massive construction of roads bridges and houses are quick fixes to unemployment. To claim that you shouldn’t produce or manufacture because innovative people are not in Nigeria is presumptive damaging to Nigeria’s effort to industrialize. What is apparent Afasua is that he has read a lot of other people’s text books. He might be book smart but lacks emotional quotient, common sense and can do attitudes. South Korea is making things, China makes things, Japan took con epts from the USA and made them better i.e automobile industry , Brazil makes things, good USA is presently quietly reviving it’s manufacturing industrial complex. Innovation includes ability to take an old concept and give it a new interpretation. A Nigerian recently gave us a new way to detect malaria from the the urine. My friend, that’s innovation. If we pay mind to people like Fasua, Nigeria will remain a dumping ground for other people’s products and services.

    • hyperbole123

      he must have got you thinking. i think the guy raised a lot of issues here but what i understand him saying, is that whereas all of the areas you mentioned are important – electricity, manufacturing etc – we need to start from the very very basic… cleaning up after ourselves and letting the world know we know and appreciate just how to live in modern environments… and all other things will naturally be added. well, that is what i see from this long thesis.