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Unemployed Man Stabs Shop Owner In Robbery Attempt


A 20-year-old applicant, Timileyin Owonikoko, appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for allegedly stabbing a shop owner with a dagger knife on his stomach.

Owonikoko, a resident of Fagba, Iju Area, Lagos, is being tried for breach of peace and assault.

The Prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug.26 at Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos.

He said that the accused unlawfully entered the shop of Ibrahim Idris with intent to steal and in the process stabbed him with a dagger knife on his stomach.

“The accused entered the complainant’s shop while he was sleeping and he put his hand in his two trouser’s pocket to steal his money.

“The complainant suddenly woke up and wanted to shout but the accused stop him by pointing knife at him, threatening to stab him if he refused to comply.

“The complainant ignored his threat and shouted for help, the accused made good his threat and stabbed him.

“The accused jumped out of the complainant’s shop, took to his heels but some good Samaritans gave him a hot chase and he was apprehended,” he said.

The offences, Nwosu said, contravened sections 166 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which on conviction attracts three-year imprisonment.

The accused pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate, Mr A.A Adesanya, adjourned the case till Sept. 21 for mention.


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