Driver arraigned for bolting with rice, meat

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A 28-year-old driver, Adewale Adegbite, on Tuesday, appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly bolting with a container of rice and meat belonging to a food vendor.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adegbite, who was arraigned on a one-count charge of conduct likely to cause breach of peace, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mr Ade Adefulire, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20,000 but ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody until the perfection of the bail condition.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on Aug. 31 at about 4:30p.m. at Eko Hotel Roundabout, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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He said that the accused also ate from the food vendor, Rosemary Achimugwu, but refused to pay for the meal.

“Adegbite ate food worth N200 from the vendor, but he refused to pay. Instead, he made away with her cooler of rice and meat worth N5,000.

“Achimugwu later saw the accused with her cooler of food in a commercial bus heading to Oshodi; she raised alarm and he was apprehended,” he said.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 166 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

NAN reports that the case has been adjourned to Sept. 19, for mention.