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Keke driver arraigned in court for allegedly stealing 5 hire purchase tricycles

By Chris Odogwu
Publish on July 20, 2019

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Hire purchase gone wrong. A keke driver on hire purchase allegedly stole 5 kekes. What could he have done with all of them? Click below to get the gist!

A local tricycle or keke operator, Azeez Adepoju, appeared before a Magistrate court in Yaba on Thursday, July 18, 2019, for allegedly stealing 5 tricycles said to be worth N5.5million.

The 32-year-old driver who is resident in the Ajah area of Lagos is facing a stealing charge, and has pleaded not guilty in court. The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, disclosed that the crime was committed by the defendant in Mushin, a suburb in Lagos. According to him, 5 Keke vehicles were given to Adepoju on hire purchase by one Mr Abdul-RahamKabiru who is the complainant, but he stole all of them. Each tricycle given to him was worth N1.1million.

Speaking further, Oriabure said that there was an agreement between the complainant and the defendant that the latter would remit N20,000 for each tricycle every week to the complainant. But the defendant did not honor the agreement as he refused to remit the agreed sum, and avoided the complainant’s phone calls. He also stated that the defendant moved out of his residence in Ajah, making it more difficult for the complainant to contact him.

“He made a report at the station, an investigation was carried out and the defendant was arrested. Upon arrest, we were able to recover just one tricycle, which was involved in an accident and damaged beyond repair.” The Police authorities have stated.

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The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. SO Obasa granted the suspect bail at 500,000 with two people to serve as sureties in the same amount. She further stated that provided sureties must be residents of Lagos with tax payment evidence of three years.

The case was adjourned till July 30, 2019, for further hearing.

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Chris Odogwu is a freelance Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication (Public Relations and Advertising major) from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.