22nd December, 2011
A suspected motorcycle thief, Ibrahim Adamu, 21, has been arraigned i the Igbosere magistrateâ€™s court on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
Men of the Ikoyi Police Division, Ikoyi, Lagos alleged in the charge sheet No. F/41/2011 that the accused was arrested following a complaint by Aminu Saidu that the accused stole his motorcycle with reg No. QW309MUS value N95,000 from where it was parked.
Police investigation revealed that the accused and his accomplice simply identified as Inspector drove their motorcycle to Ikoyi from Malu Road, Apapa where they stole the bike, unknown to them that a security man was watching, but before he could drive the bike away, the security man allegedly raised an alarm and caught Ibrahim while his partner in crime escaped on their motorcycle.
During interrogation, Ibrahim allegedly confessed to the crime, saying that Inspector took him to Ikoyi from Malu Road, Apapa, to steal the bike.
“I donâ€™t know anywhere in Ikoyi. He brought me from Borno State to stay with him at under bridge, Ajegunle, Apapa. On the day of the incident, Inspector drove me with his bike to Ikoyi and when we got there, he ordered me to drop off and pointed at a bike parked beside an office. He told me to steal it and drive it along with him.
“As I twisted the head of the bike and broke it to enable me push it away before starting it, a man suddenly shouted thief and caught me while my partner just drove off with the motorcycle we came on,” Ibrahim said.
After investigation, the accused was charged to court for stealing, offence which, according to the prosecutor, ASP Augustine Onwenmena, is punishable under section 516 and 390 (9) of the criminal code cap 32 vol 2 laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
The two-count charge reads: “That you, Ibrahim Adamu and others now at large on 2 December, 2011, at 14, Gerald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, did conspire to steal a Boxer motorcycle with reg. No. QW309MUS value N95,000 property of Aminu Saidu of MP2 Trucking Nigeria Company Limited.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and the presiding Chief magistrate, Mrs. O.J Awope, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the matter till 18 January, 2012.
The accused was remanded in Ikoyi Prison when he could not meet his bail conditions.