By Onozure Dania
A 30-year- old security guard, Ebi Robert Abariko, wept bitterly at an Ijeshatedo Magistrate’s Court, pleading with the Magistrate to spare him the agony of going back to prison because he was recently released from custody on bail.
He told the court that his wife had just delivered a baby girl and if he was confined in prison custody, his wife and the new baby would suffer since his wife does not have any means of livelihood to support the family.
Abariko, was said to have been caught in a roof of a shop where he went to steal pampers, provision, cosmetics and perfumes valued N220, 000, belonging to Mrs Santes Bob, who owns the shop.
However, his pleas to the presiding Magistrate, Mrs A.O Gbajumo, fell on deaf ears. Abariko, who is from Delta state, was said to have just been released from Kirikiri prison last Month and he went back to commit similar offense that has now landed him in prison again.
The father of two was caught inside a shop roof at 224, Ijesha road, Ijeshatedo, Lagos where he went to steal. He was unlucky again and was caught and he escaped been lynched by an angry mob.
He was said to have succeeded in burgling another shop at number 142 of the same street within the vicinity belonging to Mrs Mariam Salami, while he was still facing trial at the same court.
When he was arraigned in court, he pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Kunle Shonobare told the court that Abariko had similar matter in the court which he was granted bail and he went again to committee the same offense.
However, Magistrate Gbajumo, granted him bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum. She adjourned the matter to April 24, 2013, when he would be facing another matter in the court. While he was being taken to the prison, he told Crime Alert that he was a security guard and his monthly salary is N15, 000, which he said was not enough to take care of his family.
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