Kayode Ajayi, a 46-year-old driver, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court over alleged stealing of vehicle parts valued at N280,000.
Ajayi was arraigned before Magistrate O.I. Raji on a count charge.
The resident of Okeho Street, Dopemu, Lagos, however, pleaded innocence, and was admitted to bail of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, the accused stole the vehicle parts from Mr Majeed Owolabi.
“He stole a gear worth N130,000; door, N20,000; brainbox, N30,000; four tyres, N80,000; battery, N18,000; and a chair, N2,000,” Nwosu submitted.
The prosecutor said that Owolabi gave his vehicle to the accused to sell but he stole the parts and absconded.
“The accused persuaded the complainant (Owolabi) to sell his bus and buy a new one.
“When the bus was given to the accused to sell, he stole the parts and ran away.
“When the complainant decided to visit him to see if he had sold the bus, he discovered that some parts of the vehicle had been removed.
“Efforts by the complainant to see the accused and collect the parts proved unsuccessful until he was arrested,” he said.
Nwosu submitted that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused may be jailed for three years if found guilty, according to the provisions of Section 287.
The case has been adjourned until April 19 for mention.