Security guard charged for allegedly bolting with car worth N3m

The accused, who resides at Alade Avenue, off Awolowo Way, Ikeja, is standing trial on a charge of stealing.

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The magistrate, Mrs O.A. Layinka, who granted the accused bail, ordered him to produce two sureties in like sum as part of his bail conditions.

Layinka said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned hearing in the case until October 2.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Donjor Perezi told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 19 at the same address.

He alleged that the accused bolted with a car worth N3 million belonging to the complainant, Abodunrin Opanuga.

Perezi told the court that the complainant had allegedly handed over the car keys to the security guard, when he returned from work on the said date about midnight before he went to bed.

When the complainant woke up the following day at 9 a.m., he discovered that the accused had allegedly absconded with his car.

He also alleged that with the aid of the tracker installed in the car, police traced the car to somewhere in Ibadan, Oyo State.

“Opanuga quickly notified a tracking company, who alerted their security operatives at Ibadan about the theft.

“The complainant said that luckily for him, the security operatives were able to recover the vehicle and also apprehended the accused.

“Opanuga reported the matter to the police and Joseph was arrested for further questioning,“ Perezi told the court.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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