Two mechanics in court over alleged car theft

Two mechanics in court over alleged car theft

Jos –  The police on Tuesday arraigned two mechanics, Shuaibu Saleh, 23, and Abubakar Mohammed, 25, in a Jos Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a car.

The accused persons, both of Bauchi Road, Jos, were charged with criminal conspiracy and theft.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Thomas Ahmadu, told the court that one Francis Nimyel of Abbattior Jos, reported the matter at the A Division Police Station on July 29.

Ahmadu said that on the same date, the complainant alighted from his car to see a friend at the Old Bukuru Park, when the accused persons attacked him and made away with his Toyota Camry car valued at N950, 000.

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He said that the accused also stole Nimyel’s wallet which contained N20, 000, three ATM cards, driver’s license and two cell phones valued at N23, 000.

The prosecutor said that during police investigation, the accused persons admitted committing the offences, while the two cell phones were recovered from them.

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He added that the offences contravened the provision of sections 97 and 287 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, the accused persons are liable to five years imprisonment or pay an option of fine, or both.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor prayed the court to remand the accused persons, saying that they would jump bail and also interfere in police investigation if released on bail.

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He added that if granted bail, the police would have a hard time tracking others, currently at large.

In his ruling, the Magistrate, Mr Naanlang Dashe, however, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N400, 000 each, and two sureties each in like sum.
He adjourned the matter till Aug. 25 for hearing. (NAN)

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