A 33-year-old truck driver, Kayode Funsho, was on Monday hauled up before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court over alleged theft of 500 litres of diesel and damage to his employer’s truck.

The accused, who resides in Ibadan, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and wilful damage.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, submitted that the driver wilfully damaged eight tyres, six reams and springs of the truck with Reg. No. KRD793XP.

Ogu said that the damaged tyres worth N720, 000, reams, N120,000, and springs, N680,000.

He submitted that the driver also destroyed the vehicle’s extra fuel tank valued at N140, 000, noting that the truck belonged to Fafem Haulage Nig. Ltd.

Ogu told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large sometime in October at Abule-Egba in Lagos.

The prosecutor added that the stolen 500 litres of diesel worth N255, 000.

He said that the damage and theft were to the tune of N1.88 million.

According to him, the accused was instructed to deliver Guinness Breweries products worth N10 million to a customer in Adamawa but he failed to deliver the goods.

“The accused, who could not account for the whereabouts of the products, resorted to damaging the truck, under the false pretences that he was robbed,” Ogu said.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr J.A. Adegun, admitted the driver to bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adegun ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the alleged offences violated the provisions of Sections 287, 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Section 287 stipulates a seven-year jail term for stealing while Section 350 provides for two years’ imprisonment for wilful damage.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until Jan. 10 for trial.

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