From:  Romanus Okoye

A 38-year-old man, Smith Adetona was, on Thursday, arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court, Ikeja  for allegedly scaling the fence of Ebony Life Television Station at Ilupeju to steal.

Adetona, who lives in Mushin area of Lagos, is facing a charge of intent to commit felony which is contrary to Section 404 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The offence carries a penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. He, however, pleaded not guilty.

According to the prosecutor, Sgt. Yomi Egunjobi, the accused committed the offence on April 20 at Ebony Life Television Station on Industrial Avenue, Ilupeju.

The accused climbed the fence and broke into the premises at night to steal, Egunjobi said.

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He told the court that the accused had on him at the time of arrest an iron rod and a hammer.

Egunjobi said a police patrol team stationed at Ebony Life Television Station apprehended the accused.

The Magistrate, Mrs. M.O. Osibajo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The surety must be gainfully employed and also show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government, she said.

She adjourned the case until May 11 for mention.