A 27-year-old commercial driver, Mashudu Rabiu, on Monday, February 18, appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing three articulated vehicle carcases recovered from notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans.
The police charged Rabiu, whose residential address was not provided, with two counts of conspiracy and stealing.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Raphael Donny, alleged that the defendant conspired with others at large, and stole three trailer carcases valued at N10.5 million, which were recovered by the police as exhibits from the notorious kidnap kingpin.
Donny said the defendant committed the offence on December 10, 2018 at 3am at Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
He said the defendant conspired with the security guard on duty and stole the carcases. The defendant, he alleged, was arrested in Katsina and brought back to Lagos to face his charges.
The offence, he added, contravened the provisions of section 287 and 411 of the 2015 (Revised) Criminal Law of Lagos state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 attracts a seven-year jail term for stealing while Section 411 provides two years for conspiracy.
The Chief Magistrate, B.O. Osunsemi, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N2 million with two responsible sureties in like sum.
Osunsemi ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos state government and have their addresses verified by the court.
In addition, she said they must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case until March 23 for hearing.
Meanwhile, Continentour.com.ng previously reported that the suspected billionaire kidnap kingpin, Evans, told an Igbosere high court in Lagos, that his confessional statement to the police was made under duress.
Evans made the disclosure before Justice Adedayo Akintoye on Wednesday, January 16. The suspect said he signed papers given to him by the police so as not to be tortured to death.
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