The Nigerian police on Thursday docked a 50-year-old cleaner, Ayuba Apagu, at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over an alleged theft of his employer’s generator wire valued N25,000.The defendant, who resides at No. 4 Yaya Hassan Adeshina St., Idimu, Lagos, is facing two counts of willful damage and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp Matthew Akhaluode, told the court that Apagu damaged a Mikano Generator valued at N2.5 million,belonging to his employer, a first generation bank located in Lagos.He said that the defendant thereafter stole the generator terminal cable worth N25,000, a property of the bank.
Akhaluode added that the offences were committed on January 14 at the bank’s Oba-Akran Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos branch.He explained that “the security guard of the bank caught the defendant when he was about to step out of the bank gatewith generator copper wire tied under his clothes.”He said that the offences contravened sections 287 and 350 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015, (Revised) which stipulate a seven-year jail term and two-year imprisonment if convicted. However, the defendant pleaded not guilty and the Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.A. Adetunji, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adetunji also ordered the defendant to produce two sureties who must be gainfully employed and who should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail conditions.The Magistrate adjourned the case until February 20 for hearing.
Likewise, it will be recalled that a member of a suspected three-man gang that specialises in vandalising the Light Up Lagos Project, an initiative that lights up street lights at night, told the police that he did not take part in the act.
Lucky Udeagwu who was arrested around the Ogudu area by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad said he works at a construction site at Ikorodu.The police said in a statementthat the suspects allegedly stole a 35 metre long armoured cable of the Light Up Lagos Project in Ogudu area of the state .
“I got to Ogudu Bus Stop something to 3:00 a.m. on Saturday,” said Mr. Udeagwu, 29, whose alleged accomplices are now at large, according to the police.“I got out early because I was searching for work. I wanted to get to Ikorodu early so that I can get site job. I saw those two boys brought that bag from a nearby bus and as soon as they saw the police, they ran and I followed them.”On the spanners and screwdrivers found in his bag, Mr. Udeagwu said they were used to service his generator which he had sold about a year ago.
What do you think about this story? Kindly drop a message in the comment section.