By Vivian Ibobo
Ikeja – A tricyclist, Taiwo Fatoki, 26, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, over alleged theft of a tricycle valued at N650,000.
Fatoki, who resides at No.2, Bola Ayeni St., Papa Ashafa, Dopemu in Agege, Lagos State, is facing a charge of stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp Victor Eruada, said that Fatoki committed the offence on Sept. 9 at his residence.
He alleged that the defendant stole a tricycle with registration number KJA 597 QG valued at N650,000, property of Mr Nurudeen Alabi.
The prosecutor said, “Fatoki had approached Alabi to allow him use his tricycle for commercial purposes for five days, and Alabi obliged.
“After the defendant had collected the tricycle, he had to call the complainant later, saying that the tricycle had been stolen by some suspected thieves,’’ the prosecutor said.
He said that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 prescribes three years’ imprisonment for stealing for any convicted offender.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The magistrate, Mrs M. I. Dan-Oni, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Dan-Oni adjourned the case until Nov. 20 for mention.