Two students, Benjamin Daniel 20, of Area 1 Masaka and Samuel Ochokwu, 23, of Abacha Road, Mararaba, on Friday appeared before a Grade 1 Area Court, Aso Pada, Mararaba.

They are facing a two count charge of criminal conspiracy and extortion.

Prosecutor, PC Friday Adaji told the court that the matter was reported by a cripple, Iliya Sunday of 10 Baba St, Mararaba  at the ‘A’ Division Police Station on Nov.2.

“On Oct. 31 at about 12 noon the accused came to Sunday’s shop where he sells mobile phone recharge cards.

“They conspired and dipped hands into his pocket and stole recharge cards of different mobile communication network worth N28, 000.

“The accused persons took to their heels before they were chased and arrested with some of the recharge cards,” Adaji said.

If convicted on the charges, the accused could spend five years in prison.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The presiding judge, Mr Albert Maga admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 each and a surety each in like sum.

He however adjourned the case to Nov. 21 for hearing.