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Man breaks into cemetery, steals iron rod worth N1.1m used in covering corpse’s grave in Lagos



An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday remanded a 28-year-old man for allegedly breaking into a cemetery and stealing iron rods used to cover a corpse in a grave.

The iron rods are worth N1.1 million, according to the police.

The defendant, Mubarak Kajola, whose residential address was not disclosed, was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on illegal trespass, stealing, and possession of firearms.

He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Funmi Akinleye, told the court that the defendant “illegally, improperly, and indecently” broke into the Ayobo Cemetery and interfered with dead bodies.

She said that the defendant, on August 11, broke the slabs used in covering dead bodies, and the stole the iron rods which belonged to Ayobo-Ipaja Local Council Development Area.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendant was armed with a plastic mock rifle.

Akinleye said that the offences contravened Sections 165(b), 280(1), 287, 312 and 312 (a)(b).

The Magistrate, Mrs Oyenike Fajana, ordered that the defendant should remanded at the the Kirikiri Correctional Centre pending review of the facts of the case.

She adjourned the case until Aug. 17 for review of the facts and sentencing.

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