Did the container disappear?

This is the question that was running through the mind of people in court, as police arraigned three men suspected to have stolen one 40ft container loaded with 1,900 cartons of Coll Pop Collobian sweet valued at 22 million Naira. 

The property belongs to one Hassan Ollerk.

Isiaka Azeez, 35, a driver; Nathaniel Aworinde, 37; and Nojeem Yahya, 36, were charged by the police with three counts of conspiracy, stealing and diversion.

The police said the arraigned men allegedly stole 23 cartons of sweet valued at 22 million Naira.

At the Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, the Persecution counsel, DSP Peter Nwangwu, said the defendants committed the offence on February 17, at 5  a.m., at No. 30, Imman Daudu, off Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos.

Nwangwu alleged that the defendants conspired with others at large. 

He said that the three men unlawfully diverted the products to an unknown destination.

Nwangwu said the defendants were later apprehended by the police after investigation.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 285 (1), 340 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 (Revised).

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Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of 9 million Naira each with two responsible sureties each in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa ordered that one of the sureties must be a property owner in Lagos and should be gainfully employed.

She also ordered that the sureties must show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

The magistrate fixed May 30 for trial.

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