6 men arraigned over theft, vandalism of vehicles at police barracks

LAGOS – Six men were on Monday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly vandalising a car and stealing vehicle parts worth N109,000 at a police barracks.

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The accused are Kelechi Chinedu, 21, a driver; Udo Chima, 32, a bus conductor; and Victor Emmanuel, 24, a bus conductor.

Others are Mfon Inyang, 25, a driver; Francis Ossai, 25, a driver; and Friday Agbonile, 43, an estate agent.

Chinedu is a resident of No. 14, Daramola St., Isheri, Berger, Lagos, while Chima lives at No. 4, Abayomi Owolabi St., Magodo, Lagos and Emmanuel resides at No. 56, Lawanson Road, Surulere, Lagos.

Inyang lives at No. 1, Musa Adowokun St., Ojota, Lagos; Ossai resides at No. 4, Dagunro St., Ojota, Lagos, while Agbonile is resident at No. 274, Odogunyan St., Ikorodu.

They are facing charges of conspiracy, stealing and willful damage to property.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Ingobo Emby, told the court that the accused committed the offences at 2.30 a.m. at Obalende Barracks on Lagos Island. [eap_ad_1] He alleged that the men stole a brainbox and electronic door engine from a Toyota Highlander jeep with registration no. FST 360 AAA valued at N109, 000 belonging to one Akinola Talabi.

Ingobo added that the accused also willfully damaged a Toyota Lexus jeep with marked FST171BT belonging to one Sadiq Dahiru.

The prosecutor said the two complainants whose vehicles were damaged were policemen.

According to Emby, the offences contravene Sections 285, 348 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Section 285 provides three years sentence for stealing, while Section 348 prescribes a two-year imprisonment for willful damage to property.

Dahiru, one of the two complainants, was in court as a prosecution witness.

The accused, however, pleaded innocence of the offences.

The Magistrate, Miss Oluwatosin Fowowe, granted each of the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties each in like sum.

Fowowe adjourned the case till Sep. 30 for mention. (NAN)


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