A 25-year-old man, Timothy John, was on Thursday arraigned before an Upper Area Court in Jos for allegedly stealing a three-month old German Shepherd, valued at N50,000.
John, who resides near Mandela Hotel, Jos, appeared before Mustapha Hassan on a one-count charge of stealing a puppy.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) said that on May 20, at about 11 a.m., Ikechukwu Egwu reported the matter at the Division Police Station, Jos; and said the accused sold the dog to him on May 14, at the cost of N50,000.
“The complainant gave the accused N35,000 cash and a Nokia GSM cell phone valued at N15,000,” he said. “The accused initially gave the complainant the dog, but came back, scaled the fence of the complainant’s house and stole the dog.”
The report said that some neighbours of the complainant sighted the accused while in possession of the dog.
It said that when the complainant challenged the accused, he failed to give a satisfactory explanation and was handed over to the Police.
The FIR said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code; but when the charge was read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty and applied for bail.
The prosecutor, Ado Ali, objected to the bail application, saying that the matter was still being investigated.
Hassan granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case to June 15 for hearing.