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Conductor steals passenger’s ATM card, withdraws N82, 000

* Stealer forcefully obtains debit card PIN from victim in transit

* Court arraigns, grants the accused to N200, 000 bail with 2 sureties

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Dolapo Pine, a 34-year-old bus conductor, who allegedly stole a passenger’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and withdrew N82,000 with it, Monday, appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

Agency reports that the Police charged Pine who resides in Jakande Estate, Isolo, Lagos, with conspiracy and stealing.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko, the conductor committed the offences on February 8, at 11.05 a.m. at Chisco Bus Stop on Lekki─Epe Expressway, in Lagos.

Ogboko said that the conductor conspired with the driver of a bus boarded by certain Mrs. Damilola Arowolo, and stole her ATM card and a Tecno phone worth N6,000.

“The defendant and his accomplice forcefully obtained the Personal Identification Number (PIN) from her, pushed her out of the vehicle and later withdrew N82,000 from her account.

“The defendant was later caught, but his accomplice is still at large,” the prosecutor said.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Magistrate T. A. Anjorin-Ajose admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Anjorin-Ajose adjourned the case until March 3 for hearing.

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