The proverb that says “Leopard can never change its spot”, came to bear in the life of an 18 year-old, Tunde Agoro, who was re-arrested two days after he was released from prison.
Tunde was jailed by a Lagos magistrate’s court in 2010, on charges bordering on conspiracy, robbery and stealing and for a crisis in Apapa road. He completed his jail term on March 30, and consequently released from the prison.
However, the prison ex-convict, Tunde, instead of turning a new leaf after his five years tenancy at the reform home, chose to follow the old path that sent him to prison for five years.
Just like another proverb that says “dog will ever go back to his vomit”, Tunde, a native of Ogbomosho, Oyo state, was again arrested by the men of Railway Police Command, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, while he and others in his gang were allegedly attempting to steal a motorcycle on April 1, 2015.
Upon his arrest, the ex-convict, who claimed to be a labourer without mentioning a particular field, was arraigned before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s court, Lagos, on charges bordering on conspiracy and alleged stealing of a motorcycle.
The motorcycle valued about N80, 000, according to the police, belongs to one Mr. Thomas Omisore. The police source informed Friday Magazine that the ex-convict and his gang had gone to the Railway Staff quarters about 3 am to steal the motorbike. And that it was while they gang was attempting to take away the bike that a neighbour to the motorbike owner woke up and raised the alarm that attracted others in the neighborhood.
During his arrest by members of the neighbourhood, he was given a little bit of jungle justice, but not to the effect of killing him before he was handed over to the police in the area.
At the end of the police investigation on the alleged offence, he was thereafter arraigned before Mrs. O. I. Adelaja led-court on two count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.
Part of the charge sheet reads; “that you Tunde Agoro, and others now at large on April 1, 2015 about 0300 hours, at Yaba Railway Quarters, Lagos in the Lagos magisterial district, did steal one red Bajaj Motorcycle with registration number OJ373FKJ valued about Eighty Thousand (N80, 000) being property of one Mr. Thomas Omisore, and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 289 of the criminal law of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011.”
The ex-convict however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The police prosecutor, Etim Nkankuk, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, informed the court that the defendant had committed an offence punishable under section 409 and 285 of the criminal law of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011 and urged the court to remand the ex-convict in prison custody pending the time he would be able to meet the bail condition.
Consequently, the presiding magistrate, Mrs. Adelaja, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 00 and a surety in like sum.
The matter has been adjourned till 9th of May for mention.


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