- Two pregnant women, Mimi Abbas, 21 and Sofia Sulaiman, 25, are charged with theft
- The prosecution tells the court it was the fifth time the second accused was committing similar offence
The police on Thursday, May 3, arraigned two pregnant women, Mimi Abbas, 21 and Sofia Sulaiman, 25, in a Karu grade I area court in Abuja for stealing four plasma TV sets.
Abbas and Sulaiman who reside at Masaka, Nasarawa state, were arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on joint-act and theft, offence they denied committing, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The prosecutor, Edwin Ochayi, told the court that one Favour Eyo of Millipat Lodge, Airport Road in Abuja reported the matter at the Wuye police station in Abuja on April 14, around 11.30am.
He said that the complainant alleged that on April 13, the accused persons who were guests at the lodge, stole four plasma television, valued at N260, 000.
“Though one of the televisions was recovered along Airport Road, but the suspects were traced and arrested on April 15 at Masaka and they confessed to have committed the crime,” Ochayi said.
He added that it was the fifth time, Suleiman, the second accused was committing similar offence.
According to the prosecutor, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Sections 79 and 287 of the penal code.
The judge, Hassan Ishaq, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with one surety in like sum.
Ishag also ordered that the sureties must write a letter of undertaking that the defendants would not commit further offence.
He adjourned the case until May 16 for hearing.
In another report, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has denied claims that its questions for the ongoing May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) was illegally released before time.
In dismissing the allegation, WAEC explained that fraudulent supervisors, invigilators and candidates probably sent snap shots of questions during live exams to criminal website to treat and send answers to their clients online, The Nation reports.
The claim was in reaction to a recent media report on examination malpractice syndicates, alleging that leaked questions and answers were provided for candidates writing the exam.
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