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Man docked over alleged theft of lotto terminals worth N278,000

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A 43-year-old businessman, Obasi Ukpai, charged with allegedly stealing two lotto terminals valued at N278,000 was on Friday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The defendant, who resides at Ikeja, was arraigned before a Magistrate, Mrs O.A.Aderibigbe, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

Ukpai, however, denied committing the offences and was admitted to a bail of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Aderibigbe said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).

The Prosecutor, Insp. Mojirade Edeme, told the court that the defendant and one other person yet to be apprehended committed the offences in September.

She alleged that the defendant absconded with the terminals belonging to Golden Chance Lotto.

“The defendant obtained the terminals from the complainant and ran away with them to an unknown location without paying.

“Efforts made by the complainant to get the money or retrieve the terminals proved unsuccessful as the defendant refused to pick his calls.

“He was eventually arrested and handed over to the police,” the prosecutor said.

The alleged offences violate Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for stealing, while Section 411 prescribes two years for conspiracy.

The case was adjourned until Dec. 13 for mention.

Edited & Vetted By: Adeleye Ajayi
(NAN)

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