Cow Dealer Arraigned For Theft

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A cow dealer in Ikorodu has been arraigned before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, for stealing cows.

The dealer, Musa Amodu Abubakar, 36, was alleged to have committed the offence on 1 June, 2010, at Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

P.M.NEWS gathered that the stolen cows belonged to another dealer, Alhaji Raimi Bolaji.

Bolaji was said to have given his cows to the accused to sell for him but the accused failed to remit the proceeds after selling the cows.

The owner reported the matter to detectives at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba and the accused was arrested and arraigned in court on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and fraud.

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The offences, according to Mr. Sam Omoyeni, the Prosecuting Police Officer, are punishable under sections 516, 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C.17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate, Mr. O. Olubi granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate ordered that the addresses of the sureties must be verified and they must show evidence of payment of tax to the Lagos State government for three years. Their means of livelihood must also be verified, he added.

The case has been adjourned till 6 June, 2011 for trial.

—Paul Sanusi