The police on Wednesday at a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos arraigned two men for allegedly stealing a Toyota Camry car valued at N6 million from their employer.
The defendants: James Atuba, 29, and Shishi Atsorga, 32, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing from one’s employer.
They however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The defendants were granted bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.
Magistrate Oluwatoyin Ojuromi said that one of each of their sureties must be a blood relation.
She also ordered that all sureties must be gainfully employed, with evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Ojuromi, however, adjourned the case until Oct. 10 for mention.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, had earlier told the court that the defendants committed the offences on July 9 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport ( MMIA) car park, Lagos.
According to him, the defendants who were drivers to the complainant, Mrs Atinuke Olalafe, stole a Toyota Camry car with Registration No. GGE 963 FR, after dropping her off at the airport.
He alleged that the first defendant, Atuba, drove the complainant to the airport and took the car to a location where he met the second defendant, Atsorga.
Oriabure said that the defendants sold the car for N3 million and absconded with the sum.
“My Lord, it was when the complainant reported the theft at the station that the defendants were tracked and arrested.
“The car and the N3 million proceeds from its sale are, however, yet to be recovered from the defendants,” he said.
The prosecutor said that offences contravened Sections 411 and 287 (7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
Edited Zainab Garba/Peter Dada