Charles Eze, a 33-year-old man, has admitted to stealing 16 Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.
Eze made the admission on Friday before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. where he is arraigned alongside Raphael Nwachukwu by the Nigeria Police Force.
The defendants, whose residential addresses were not given, are facing charges of conspiracy and stealing.
While Eze, who said he was unemployed, admitted guilt, the 36-year-old Nwachukwu pleaded not guilty.
Presenting the case before the court, Sergeant Kenrich Nomayo, the police prosecutor, stated that the defendants were intercepted with the SIM and ATM cards on January 10 at 11.00 p.m. on Akerele Street in the Agege area of Lagos.
The prosecutor police officers on patrol arrested the defendants while lurking around for more victims.
He said the defendants could not give a satisfactory explanation on the ownership of the items.
“The police searched them and recovered 16 different SIM cards and ATM cards which they could not give a satisfactory account of,” he said.
The alleged offences, according to Nomayo, violate sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Code of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).
Chief Magistrate, T. A. Ojo, ordered that Eze be remanded at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre pending review of the facts of the case and sentencing.
Ojo admitted Nwachukwu to N100, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
She ruled that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The chief magistrate adjourned the case until January 29 for Eze’s sentencing.