How we stole our boss’s car-Guard reveals

A police prosecutor yesterday told a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court how a security man connived with two others to steal a Toyota Prado Jeep worth N8.5 million belonging to his employer.

The suspects, after disappearing with the vehicles, drove to Minna, Niger State with the aim of selling it. Before the deed is done, detectives from Lagos State Police Command allegedly tracked the suspects to their hideout in Minna from where they were arrested and brought back to Lagos.
Though, the accused persons were arraigned at a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Thursday, they however, pleaded not guilty.
The accused persons who were identified as Musa Mohammed; 32, Mukaila Abdulrahman; 34 and Aliyu Usman; 30, were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Romanus Unuigbe, told the court that the offences were committed on July 14, 2017 at No. 7b Forolagba Street, Ifako, Gbagada, Lagos.
“The first accused (Mohammed), who had worked and gained the trust of his employer for nine years, conspired with the second and third accused to steal a Toyota Prado Jeep. The jeep with registration number Lagos EKY 919 WD was valued at N8.5 million. Mohammed, who immediately signaled the second and third accused when his employer and the complainant, Olalekan Popoola, left for work, opened the gate to the house and absconded with his employer’s car. The clueless trio, who didn’t know that the car had a tracking device, were traced to Minna and apprehended,” he stated.
The offences contravened Sections 278 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The Section 278 prescribes a seven years jail for stealing. The Chief Magistrate, Mr P. A. Ojo, granted each of the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
He ordered that the sureties must be blood relations of the accused and show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government.

Ojo adjourned the case to August 23, 2017 for mention.
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