A 39-year-old driver, Suleiman Tony, on Tuesday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, for allegedly absconding with his employer’s Toyota Highlander worth N2.6 million.
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He was charged with conspiracy and theft.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on January 3, at 2:30p.m. at Surulere, Lagos.
He said that the defendant conspired with others at large to steal the jeep from Bashir Mobereje after dropping him off for a medical check up at Surulere.
“Tony, who was supposed to come back and take his boss home, ran away with the vehicle with registration number KSF 01 FU.
“All efforts to reach the defendant yielded no results as his phone could not be reached.
“The vehicle was later traced to 29, Murtala Muhammed Way, Ikoyi, Lagos, with the use of a tracking device on the vehicle.
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“The offences contravene sections 287 (7) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” the prosecutor said.
The Magistrate, T. A. Anjorin-Ajose, granted the defendant N500,000 with one surety in like sum.
He adjourned the case until February 7 for substantive hearing.