A 21-year-old man, Yusuf Ajibade, who allegedly used a cutlass to rob a teenager of his phone at Okerube Bus Stop, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, has been arrested by the police.
The suspect, who allegedly confessed to the crime while in custody, reportedly said he attacked the teenager and cut him with the cutlass because the 17-year-old refused to release the phone to him.
Ajibade, in his statement to the police, said he sold the phone to a random passerby that same night.
He said, “I was standing with my cutlass at Okerube Bus Stop when the boy was passing by. I requested that he give me his Android phone, but he refused and started shouting. So, I used the cutlass to cut him. I sold the phone to a man for N10,000 that same night.”
The phone was valued at N80,000.
The defendant was arraigned before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The police prosecutor, Thomas Nurudeen, who held brief for Haruna Magaji, said the offence was committed on October 23, 2022, adding that it contravened Section 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.
The Magistrate, P.R. Nwaka, who held brief for O. Y. Adefope, remanded the defendant in custody and adjourned the case till February 14, 2023.