13th September, 2010
A commercial motorcyclist (Okada), Salawu Adebayo, was recently drugged by a suspected thiefÂ who tried to steal his motorcycle.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the suspect, James Iheme, 28, chartered Salawuâ€™s Okada for a trip toÂ an eatery Shangisha, Magodo area of Lagos State where he drugged him.
Luck ran out on Iheme when an attendant in the eatry noticed the Okada riderâ€™s strangeÂ behaviour and raised an alarm.
The suspect was arrested and later arraignedÂ before an Ogudu Magistrateâ€™s Court for attemptÂ to steal.
The charge against him reads: â€œThat you, James Iheme, on 23 August, 2010, at Royal Eatery,Â 57, Adebayo Avenue, Shangisha, Magodo, Lagos State, trickishly administered super apetitÂ table salt into a pack of small 5 Alive juice and gave it to Salawu Adebayo to drink inÂ order to make him sleep with intent to steal his Bajaj Boxer motorcycle with registrationÂ number QK 140 AKD and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 331 of theÂ Criminal Code, Cap.17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.â€
When the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty and the magistrate, Mrs. Aje AfunwaÂ admitted him on bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties, the court ruled, must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos StateÂ government.
The case was later adjourned till 29 September, 2010 for trial.