Man arraigned for stealing N1.6m bus in Ekiti
THE Ekiti State Police Command has arraigned a 46-year-old man, olorunwa Atanda, before an Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing an 18-passenger capacity bus valued at N1.6m.
Atanda is standing trial on two counts of theft and fraud.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant, who is a mechanic, allegedly stole the Toyota bus belonging to one Mr Gbenga Agunbiade.
According to him, Atanda committed the offence on May 2, 2019, at Ifaki Ekiti in the Ido osi Local Government Area of the state.
Apata also alleged that the defendant, on November 4, 2018, obtained the sum of N430,000 from one Mrs olamide Adebayo, on the pretext of selling a car to her.
He stated that the offences contravened sections 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The police prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.
The counsel for the defendant, Mr Gboyega Abiola, urged the court to grant his client bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.
The magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be civil servants on grade level 14.
Awosika adjourned the case till January 27, 2020 for hearing.