A driver, Abah Ali, has been arrested by officers of the Inspector-General Response Team in Lagos, for allegedly stealing a vehicle belonging to the company he was working for.
According to reports, in July 2018, Ali was employed by the company identified as Gharsu Service Limited as the Chief Operating Officer’s driver. Twenty four days after he resumed work, he absconded with a Toyota Highlander belonging to the company.
In his statement upon arrest, Ali who hails from Borno State claimed that he made away with the vehicle because the was threatened with a sack. According to him, “I asked my boss for money to take care of my mother who is very sick in the village, but he shouted at me and threatened to sack me. That was why I was tempted to steal his vehicle that was in my care.
“I got a buyer, who offered to pay me N1.2m for the vehicle. An initial sum of N500,000 was given to me. I left for my hometown without the knowledge of my wife before I was arrested by the police. My intention was to return to Lagos to resolve the matter and plead with my boss.”
Ali intended to sell his company's Toyota Highlander for N1.2 million
31-year-old Ali has been arraigned before a Magistrates court in Ogba on two stealing counts. The charge reads thus:
“That you, Abah Ali, and others at large, on July 20, 2018, around 9.30am at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; stealing, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
“That you, Abah Ali, and others at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did steal one silver Toyota Highlander 2008 model, with number plate LSR 37 EY, and two HP laptops, valued at N8.5m, property of Gharsu Service Limited, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 280 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”
The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Mr. A. A. Fashola, the Presiding Magistrate, gave him the option of bail in the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand naira only with two sureties who must be gainfully employed with tax payment evidence of three years to the Government of Lagos State, and addresses verified by the court.
The case was adjourned by the Magistrate till May 27, 2019.