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11 arraigned for allegedly stealing generators worth N40m

Onozure Dania

06 March 2013, Lagos – A 50 year old man, Abiodun Ashiru and 10 others, were Tuesday arraigned for allegedly stealing 22 generating sets, belonging to Mantrac Caterpillar company valued at N40 million.

The 11 suspects, who were arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, are facing two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

The police prosecutor, inspector Iranus Nnamonu, told the court that Abiodun Ashiru, 50, Afeez Kolawole 23, Musliu Oyedele, 32, Sunday Thomas, 32, Emmanuel Effiong, 23, Sunday Omadachi, 27, Dele Babajide, 38, Oche Stephen 36, Ogedegbe Afolabi 33, Kabiru Aliu 33 and Jubril Sulaiman 39 and others now at large, committed the said offence, at Caterpillar Company Oregun Ikeja area of Lagos.

Nnamonu said that the defendants, who were casual workers were said to have committed the offence between July 2012 and January 6, 2013.

He alleged that they committed the crime while they were still working with the company.

According to him, the offence committed is punishable under section 409,285 (8) of the criminal laws of Lagos state 2011.

However, when the two-count charge was read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate A.O Komolafe, granted them bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the matter till April 9, 2013.

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