Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Electrician arraigned over theft of motorcycle

A 22-year-old electrician, Lateef Sanni, who allegedly stole a motorcycle valued at N115,000 in the wee-hours from where it was parked, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Sanni is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The accused, a resident of No. 5, Olorunfemi St., Igando, a Lagos suburb, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Donjor Perezi, had earlier told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large at about 3.30 a.m. on Feb. 25 in Ayobo area of Lagos.

Perezi alleged that the electrician stole a motorcycle marked WDE 791 VH, property of the complainant, Matthew Rabiu.

According to him, the accused was apprehended by security guards who saw him riding the motorcycle in the early hours of the day.

“Landlords in the area had raised alarm that robbers had invaded the area which alerted the security guards.

“The accused was eventually arrested while his accomplices escaped,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 prescribes three years imprisonment for stealing, while Section 409 provides two years for conspiracy.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Layinka, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Layinka said the sureties should provide evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and adjourned the case until May 2 for mention.


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