A former barman Jones Adewoye has narrated before a Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos State how Felix Ayeye was arrested by a miscreant while he was trying to sell the phone to his wife at their residence. Ajah area of the state.
PUNCH Metro Adewoye was on his way home when Ayeye and his gang members attacked him in a dark place.
During the attack, Adewoye, who was the first prosecution witness to testify in court on Thursday, told Justice Modupe Nico-Clay that the thugs led by Ayeye stabbed him with a dagger and stole his phone and other items worth N78. 000
He explained that Ayeye, who faces two counts bordering on robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, was arrested while trying to sell his wife’s stolen phone.
During the proceedings, the prosecutor, Titilayo Olanrewaju-Daudu, said the offense committed contravened Sections 299 and 297 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. As a result, Judge Nico-Clay adjourned the case until November 10 for trial.
At the resumed hearing, Olanrewaju-Daudu announced his appearance, and HO Ogungbamila appeared for the accused.
Adewoye, who was led by Olanrewaju-Daudu in evidence-in-chief, told the court that Ayeye, who was remanded in prison for the offence, sent threatening messages to his wife.
He said: “The incident happened in February 2019. I was returning from work at around 5.30am when I got out of my Uber car and crossed a dark street in Ajah. I had my headphones on and my bag on my back.
“Suddenly, a torch was pointed at my eyes and the accused broke a bottle on my head, used a dagger to stab me twice in the back, took all my belongings and left me bleeding on the ground.
“When I got home, I told my wife to help me get a small phone to contact my company. He was trying to help me buy a small phone when he came back to be informed that someone wanted to sell me a Samsung phone for N25,000.”
Adewoye said that after realizing that the phone was the same as the stolen phone, he asked his wife to contact a police mobile.
He said: “When the person who wanted to sell my wife’s phone came to my house, he did not change his clothes when he and his gang robbed me. So I told the mobile police that he was the one who robbed me but he denied it.
“He said that someone gave him the phone to sell. The policeman asked the person who gave him the phone to come out but as the argument was going on, my SIM and memory cards fell out of my pocket.
“His family pleaded with me and asked me how much was the things he stole from me, I told him N200,000. The family brought N60,000 but I rejected it. I told them the matter was already with the police and there was nothing I could do.
“But in 2020, the defendant started sending messages to my wife from prison threatening that he would deal with my wife when he got out of prison.”
The case was adjourned until November 30 for the continuation of trials.