Court remands fisherman over boat engine theft


An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a fisherman, Gerald Hnonfo, for allegedly stealing a speed boat engine valued N520,000.

The Magistrate, Mrs S.K Matepo, who did not take the Hnonfo’s plea, ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikri Correctional Centre.

Matepo directed the police to send the case file to the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

She adjourned the case until Dec. 20 for the DPP’s advice.

The defendant, who  resides at Yaba area of  Lagos, is charged with conspiracy and armed robbery.

The Prosecutor, ASP. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some  others still at large  on Oct. 17, at Makoko, Yaba, Lagos State.

Ogu said that the defendant stole the  engine, property of Mr Charfet Olope.

“The defendant and his gang, who accosted the complainant with their boat, attacked him with sticks, stole his property and sped away.

“The complainant quickly alerted some other fishermen, who chased them and caught the defendant.

“His accomplices escaped with the boat engine,” the prosecutor said.

He said the  offences contravened Sections 297 and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 297 prescribes 21 years’ jail term for armed robbery.(NAN)


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