10th February, 2011
Three petrol attendants with African Petroleum (AP), Okota Road filling station, Okota-Isolo, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, who have not been remitting sales proceeds to the companyâ€™s account, have been arrested.
They have been arraigned before an Ebute-Metta magistrateâ€™s court, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The petrol attendants are Olatunji Oni, 30, Ibrahim Olabayo, 40, and Tope Meseko 32.
They were alleged to have conspired and stolen the sum of N2,800,000 belonging to Merit Petroleum Limited, on or before June 2010.
Count two of the offence reads: â€œthat you Olatunji Oni, Ibrahim Olabayo and Tope Meseko, on or about June 2010, at AP filling station, Okota road, Isolo, in the Lagos Magisterial District did steal the sum of N2,800,000, property of Merit Petrol Limited, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 390 (9), of the criminal code Cap. C17, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.â€
The three accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two count charge.
Mrs. Folashade Kayode, the presiding magistrate admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
The sureties, the magistrate said, must produce evidence of paying tax to Lagos state government for the past three years, evidence of livelihood and they must be residing within the magisterial district.
The case has been adjourned till 7 March 2011 for trial.
â€”Paul Sanusi & Abosede Agboola