Absence of interpreter stalls arraignment of Nigerien over N4.7m theft


A Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Tuesday suspended the arraignment of a Nigerien, Musa Adamu, 21, due to absence of an interpreter.

According to  reports that Adamu, who is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, was alleged to have stolen plastic materials valued at N4.7million.

The accused, who is a casual worker, has no fixed address.

When the matter came up at the court, Adamu did not comprehend the charges read to him in English Language, and indicated that he would need an interpreter.

His plea was therefore not taken, and the Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu, ordered the accused to be remanded in police custody until an interpreter was found.

“Since we don’t have a translator, the accused should be returned to police detention pending the court’s ability to find one,” she said