27th July, 2011
A driver, Chinonye Amaziah, 27, has been sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour by a magistrate, Mrs. I. O. Akinkugbe of the Igbosere Magistrateâ€™s Court for stealing her employerâ€™s Lerato Kia car valued at N2 million.
Police information revealed that the culprit, a driver to Ngozi Okorie, allegedly stole her car from where he parked it with a duplicated key on 6 August, 2010 and handed it over to his friend, Ugochukwu, who drove it to Imo State for sale.
The covict was alleged to have done the act after he took his madam to the airport enroute Abuja.
It was gathered that when the woman returned from Abuja the following day, she called the driver to come and pick her, but the driver told her that he could not find the car where it was parked the previous day.
He was said ti have advised the woman to report the matter to the police at Orile Police Division which the woman did unknown to her that he was the person that stole the vehicle.
After preliminary investigation, the matter was transfered to the State CID, Panti, Yaba.
Sensing danger that his game would be exposed at the State CID, Chinonye escaped while investigation was going on. The woman received a call from an unidentified man demanding N3 million or else her life would be terminated.
The woman informed the police who sent the mobile phone number to Airtel Communication to download.
In the process, the phone number was linked to the fleeing driver and a lady at Orile Iganmu, a canteen operator.
When the police confronted the lady as to how she came about the Airtel line in her handset, she said Chinonye, her customer who always came to eat in her canteen called her with the number. She led the police to a hideout at a mechanic workshop in Orile Igamu where the police arrested Chinonye.
During interogation, he confessed to stealing the car with a duplicate key and handing it over to his friend, Ugochukwu, who drove it to Imo State.
He led the police to Imo State and immediately they sighted the car where it was parked, Chinonye escaped into the bush with handcuffs.
He was, however, arrested a few days later from under his father’s bed in Imo State and brought back to Lagos. The car washanded over to the owner.
His complice Ugochukwu escaped.
After several trials and adjournments, the presiding magistrate found him guilty andsentenced him to three months imprisonment with hard labour.