A 26-year-old man, Tajudeen Balogun, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing two bottles of wine valued at N65, 200.
Mr. Balogun, a residing in Ikorodu, near Lagos, allegedly stole the wine at the Shoprite in the Ikeja Shopping Mall at Alausa.
The prosecutor, Clement Okuoimose, said the accused committed the offence on May 28.
“The accused came into the mall under the pretext of buying some goods and stole two bottles of Laurent wine and hid them inside his shirt.
“When he got to the entrance, the security men stopped him for checking and they discovered the items under his shirt.
“He was handed over to the police,” the prosecutor said.
The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 prescribes three-year jail term for stealing.
Mr. Balogun, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence and was granted bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate, Y.O. Ekogbulu, adjourned the case until June 28 for mention.