By Nike Adekunle –
For allegedly stealing employer’s N2.5million car, a 34-year-old manager, Ikechukwu Nwachukwu, was on Tuesday arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, eyeonthenews.com reports.
The accused was arraigned before the Magistrate, Mrs T. Akanni on three count charge of burglary, conspiracy and stealing.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and was admitted to a bail of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, the accused committed the offences on August 6, 2016 at Ipaja-Ayobo Road, Ipaja, Lagos.
He said that the accused conspired with his friend one Soji Oyebiyi, to burgle Tommy Royale Eatery to steal.
“The accused broke into the complainant’s eatery at night and stole a Toyota Corolla salon car 2010 model valued at N2.5million,” he said.
Ogu said that the complainant received a call in the morning from the cook that the eatery had been burgled.
“The complainant received information on burglary from one of her staff, she rushed to the eatery and discovered that the burglary proof and the padlocks at the entrance gate had been damage.
“She also noticed that the car key she left on her table the previous day was missing and her car had been stolen.
The complainant who have confident and trust in the accused called him, and both went in search of the car but could not find it. They both went to report the theft at the police station,” he said.
The prosecutor said that after six-month of the disappearance of the car, a man was arrested with the car and was queried by the police. During the course of investigation, the man (buyer) said that it was Oyebisi (accused’s friend) that sold the car to him.
“And that he is yet to collect the car document because he only paid part payment of N950,000. When the accused’s accomplice, Oyebisi, was arrested, he said that it was the accused that gave him the car to sell that he has given him the N950,000 initial payment,” the prosecutor said.
The accused however, attributed the offences to the handiwork of the Devil, begging for mercy. The offences, Ogu said, contravened sections 285, 305 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 305 states that offenders may be jailed for life as penalty for burglary while section 285 prescribed three-years imprisonment for stealing.
The case was adjourned to March 1 for mention.