A 28-year-old trader, Garuba Bawa, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates‘ Court over alleged possession of a stolen car worth N1.75 million.
Bawa, who resides at No. 1, Denly St., Ebute Meta, Lagos State, is facing charges of conspiracy and unlawful possession of a stolen property.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, told the court that Bawa was caught by the police with a car reported to have been stolen.
Eruada said that the defendant committed the offences with some other persons still at large on April 9 at Oyingbo Market in Ebute-Meta.
“Bawa failed to give convincing reasons why he was in possession of the stolen car,” the prosecutor said.
According to him, the offences contravene Sections 411 and 330 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 411 provides for a two-year jail term for conspiracy.
The Magistrate, Mrs M. I. Dan-Oni, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case until May 23 for mention.