A 30-year-old butcher, Abdullahi Manga, is before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court to explain how he allegedly stole a live cow valued at N120,000.

He is standing trial on charges of obtaining goods under false pretenses.

Manga has entered a ‘not-guilty’ plea.

So we wonder, how can one man possibly steal a live cow? We are not talking about a goat!

According to the Police Prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, the accused committed the offences sometime in January at Kara Animal Market, Agege.

He said the accused fraudulently obtained a live cow valued at N120,000 from the complainant, Mr Ahmed Kabiru, with a promise to pay the following day.

“After the accused had collected the cow, he was nowhere to be found and efforts made to get the cow or the money from him were unsuccessful as he also refused to pick his calls.

“He was later arrested after five months.”

He was on Monday, released on a bail worth N50,000, on the orders of the Magistrate, Mrs O. I. Raji, who also asked the accused to produce two sureties as part of the bail condition.

“The sureties must be gainfully employed and should also show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.”

The case was adjourned until June 28 for mention.