Mechanic accused of stealing gearbox, N150,000


Mechanic accused of stealing gearbox, N150,000
An auto mechanic, Nnana Uzor, has been arrested by the police for allegedly collecting money under false pretences for the repair of the gearbox of a Ford Ranger, 2012 model.
The suspect was also accused of stealing part of the gearbox which belonged to one Nosa James, the owner of the Ford vehicle.

Owojela’s Blog  gathered that sometime in July 2018, James was referred by his mechanic to Uzor, a gearbox repairer.
It was learnt that upon inspection of the gearbox of the vehicle, Uzor demanded N150,000 for repair.
Uzor reportedly reneged on his promise to deliver the repaired gearbox at the proposed time.
James told the police that Uzor started avoiding him afterwards, adding that he found out Uzor had sold an integral part of the gearbox; the auxiliary.
He said, “When I paid the N150,000 that Uzor charged me, he promised to deliver the gearbox in a week. At the end of the one week, I did not hear from him and I went to his workshop. However, to my dismay, I was informed that he had travelled out of the state.
“I went back the following week and he was still not available. Anytime I called his telephone number, it was almost always switched off; and when I get him, he would tell me that he was on his way to retrieve my gearbox from where he was fixing it.
“I later found out that he had sold an integral part of my gearbox, called the auxiliary, and it is worth between 250,000 and N300,000. As a law-abiding citizen, I cannot take the law into my own hands. That is why I decided to report to the police to address the issue and help me retrieve my gearbox worth N1.5m”
The 36-year-old Uzor, however, denied stealing the auxiliary of the gearbox, adding that it was stolen in his care.
The Imo State Indigene said, “I kept the auxiliary in my workshop and when I discovered that the auxiliary was missing I informed James’ mechanic. I was expecting James to come so that we would talk about the gearbox because I can’t buy the auxiliary alone except I buy the gearbox, but I was accused of selling it.”
Uzor was arraigned before the Ogba Magistrates’ Court on two counts bordering on stealing and obtaining under false pretences.
The charges read, “That you, Nnana Uzor, sometime in the month of July 2018, in Lawanson, Ojuelegba, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal one auxiliary gearbox valued at N300,000 from the gearbox of a Ford Ranger, 2012 model, that you collected for repair, the property of one Nosa James, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
“That you, Nnana Uzor, on the same date and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did obtained the sum of N150,000 from one Nosa James under the pretext of repairing the gearbox of his Ford Ranger Jeep, 2012 model, which you know to be false, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding magistrate, Mr W.A. Salami, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case till November 15, 2018.

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