A 24-year-old man, Isaiah Egede, has been arraigned before an Ogudu magistrate’s court in Lagos for allegedly attempting to steal his employer’s car worth N1.2 million.
The accused was arrested at the instance of one Chief Francis Babatunde, the complainant, who claimed that the suspect went away with his car without being permitted to do so.
Egede, was allegedly arrested while on his way to Ikorodu with the car.
He was also alleged to have had an accident with the said car.
The accused who resides at No. 40, Agboyi Road, Alapere in Ketu area of Lagos, is presently facing a charge of stealing, which he denied.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, said the accused committed the offence on August 12 at a hotel located at Victoria St. Ojota.
The prosecutor told the court that Egede took a black Nissan Ultima 2002 model car belonging to his employer without his consent.
Ihiehie said Chief Babatunde reported the case to the police, claiming that he did not permit the accused to use the car.
“The accused was caught on his way to Ikorodu with the car with which he unfortunately had an accident.
“On interrogation, the accused claimed that the complainant sent him to buy toilet papers for the hotel which turned out to be false. The complainant told the police that Egede, a porter in his hotel, was never sent by him to go on any errand and that he took the car without permission,” the prosecutor said.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 285 (10) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The section provides a penalty of seven years if convicted.
Magistrate O. S. Amzat granted the accused bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties, who must be gainfully employed.
The addresses of the sureties must be verified and should also have a two-year tax clearance, he said. The case was adjourned to October 5, for hearing.