Stealing car parts is as much a crime as stealing the vehicle in full. According to new reports, a Lagos security guard was recently arraigned for alleged theft of car parts worth ₦1.1 million. The security guard identified as 32-year-old Amusu Kwami has been docked for allegedly vandalizing his boss’s car and stealing expensive components. The suspect was arraigned on Wednesday 3rd of August 2022 before the Ejigbo Magistrate's Court in Lagos.
A Guardman was recently accused of vandalizing his employer's car and stealing its part in Lagos
While the police have not revealed to the public information about the address of the suspect, Kwami is reportedly facing a 2-count charge of stealing and conspiracy. ASP Benedict Aigbokhan, who is the prosecutor on the case, informed the court that the defendant didn’t commit the crime alone on the 26th of July at number 23, Canoe Street, Ejigbo in Lagos. According to ASP Benedict Aigbokhan, the security guard carried out the criminal act alongside others who are currently on the run. Aigbokhan explained that the defendant parted away with car parts worth over a million naira from a stolen Lexus RX 350, belonging to Mrs Candid Jibie. The parts stolen from the vandalized vehicle included the headlamp, engine cover, engine carrier, car radio, body chrome, navigation system screen and headlamp.
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The prosecutor revealed that the vandalized SUV was kept by the owner in the care of Kwami, who was her employee at the time. Unfortunately, the defendant took advantage of the opportunity and decided to steal its parts for money. He added that the offences contravene sections 411 and 287 of the 2015 Lagos Criminal Law. The defendant was granted a bail of three hundred thousand Naira with 2 sureties in like sum. Parts of the bail conditions are that the sureties must have good jobs and show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government. Magistrate Dosunmu has now adjourned this case until the 29th of August.