Man ar­raigned for steal­ing N1.6m bus in Ek­iti

The Punch - - METRO - Abio­dun Nejo, Ado 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.

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