Car mechanics are known to fix cars when they become faulty. But when a car mechanic becomes a thief, then it's another new story. We remember reporting a story here on Naijauto of two car thieves caught at PDP headquarters. One of them had claimed to be a mechanic, which was later debunked by the police.
This news, however, carries the story of a genuine car mechanic resorting to car theft.
A 36-year-old car mechanic named Kazeem Tijani has been sued at Ikeja magistrate court in Lagos, for stealing a car worth ₦1.8 million.
ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, who was the prosecutor made a statement that Tijani perpetrated the unlawful act last year September, at an area called Alagbado, Lagos, along Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
The prosecutor told newsmen that the complainant, by name, Mr. Daniel Usong, took his LT Volkswagen to the defendant's auto repair shop to have him fix it, but the car mechanic sold off the car.
Have your car repaired or sold off, it depends on your choice of mechanic!
Here's what the prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel told the Ikeja magistrate.
The following day, he (Usong) received a tip-off by an informant that his car had been sold off by the defendant.
The complainant rushed to the workshop but the defendant was nowhere to be found.
When the defendant was later arrested, he confessed that he sold the car for N250,000 when he was in need of money.
The prosecutor opined that the offense committed by the mechanic is a violation of the law under Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
According to Lagos State Criminal Law, the offense attracts three years imprisonment.
The defendant, Tijani, a resident of If, in Ogun state pleaded not guilty to the prosecution.
The Ikeja magistrate, Mrs. B.O.Osunsanmi granted the mechanic bail in the sum of ₦200,000, ordering him to get two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate emphasized that the two sureties must be workers with a steady means of income. Also, they will present evidence of tax payment, paid for two years to Lagos State government.
Mrs. Osunsanmi adjourned the case to July 1, 2019.