A 35-year-old driver, Ebalehita Matthew, who allegedly broke into the house of a major-general with intent to steal, was on Monday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Matthew, whose residence was not given, is facing a count charge of house-breaking.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 30, at about 4.10 pm. at Myhoung Barracks, Yaba.
Olaluwoye told the court that the defendant had broken into one Maj.-Gen. Reuben Ndubisi’s house at the barracks with an intent to commit felony.
She told the court that it was not clear exactly what the defendant had intended to steal because he was caught before he could execute the theft.
“My lord, he was not aware that the complainant was at home, he was caught immediately he broke the front door and entered into the house,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the offence contravenes Section 306(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015
Section 308(1) stipulates a five-year jail term for the offence of house-breaking.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Oghere said the sureties should have their addresses verified by the court and provide evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until May 15 for mention.