A 31-year-old man, Onwe Ignatius, on Tuesday, appeared before a Lugbe Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing electric cables in a building Standard Estate Galadimawa, Abuja.
Ignatius, who resides at Kabusa Village in Apo area of Abuja, is being tried on a three-count charge of criminal trespass, mischief and theft.
The prosecuting counsel, Mrs Ukoha Ndidi, told the court that Ignatius allegedly committed the offences on Sept. 10.
Ndidi said that one Jafaru Abubakar of the estate reported the matter at the Lugbe Police Station on Sept. 10.
She said that the accused entered the building by breaking the ceiling and stole electric cables, whose value had yet to be determined.
The prosecutor said the complainant raised an alarm and Ignatius was consequently caught inside the ceiling by operatives of the police.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 262, 348 and 288 of the Penal Code. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate, Mr Idharhi Samuel, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N200, 000 with a surety in like sum.
Samuel adjourned the matter until Oct. 2 for hearing.