Mansur Lawan, a resident of Ajegunle area of Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and forgery.

The 24-year-old driver is sweating it out before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court, Lagos after he was accused of stealing 600 bags of maize worth N3.3 million from his employer.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Olusegun Kokoye, told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in September at Apapa, Lagos while working as an employee of MBS Haulage &Transport Company.

He was to deliver 600 bags of yellow maize worth N3.3 million to one of the company’s customers, but sold the goods to somebody else.

He allegedly forged a waybill of the company and converted proceeds from the goods to his personal use.

The prosecutor said that when the customer did not get the goods, he notified Lawan’s employer.

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But when the management confronted the accused, he claimed that the goods were delivered to the customer.

That was when the company reported the case to the police and Lawan was arrested.

The offences contravened Sections 287, 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

If found guilty, Lawan risks three years imprisonment for stealing, and two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy.

He has, however, pleaded not guilty and the Magistrate, Mr M.A. Etti, granted him bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He adjourned the case until December 19, for mention.


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