Uber driver docked for allegedly stealing N1.7m car

A 37- year-old Uber driver, Chukwuemeka Benjamin, on Tuesday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly stealing a Toyota Camry worth N1.7 million.

Benjamin who resides at Olatinji Street, Ojota, Lagos is charged with conspiracy and theft.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him by the police.

The prosecutor, Insp Donjour Perezi, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Aug. 2, at Olatunji street, Ojota, Lagos.

According to him, the defendant conspired to steal a Toyota Camry car with registration No. SMK 03 WC valued N1.7 million and belonging to Chief Olubiyi Afolarin.

He said that the defendant who collected the car on hire purchase from the complainant, claimed to have parked the vehicle in front of his compound on Aug. 1, at around 8:30 p.m.

“He came out to clean the car by 4:30 am to resume work only to find it missing,” Perezi said.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mrs M.O Tanimola granted him bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed while one of them should be a blood relative of the defendant.

Ariyo also ordered that the sureties must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Oct. 14, for mention.


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