The police in Lagos was on Thursday Arraigned a 38 year-old, Taofeek Ogunjimi, who stole a Bajaj motorcycle while pretending to be a soldier before a Lagos State Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ebute-Metta.
Ogunjimi, who was docked by the men of Denton Police Division, Oyingbo, Lagos, allegedly committed the offence on October 10, 2017, on Herbert Macaulay street, Ebute-metta area of Lagos State.
According to the police, the accused perpetrated the criminal act, by pretending to be a soldier while wearing a military faze-cap, and cover his nose and mouth with a camouflaged scarf.
The police also disclosed that the accused hired the rider of the motorcycle, one Yahaya Musa, telling him that he too can ride better than him, and in the process, directed the rider to get off the bike for him to ride it.
The police stated that while the accused was on the motorcycle, he intentional threw off the scarf, and urges the owner of the bike to assist him in picking it up.
While the owner of the motorcycle alighted to pick up the scarf, the accused went away with the motorcycle.
The police further stated that three months after the act, the Okada rider sighted the accused, and dragged him to their station.
Consequently, the accused was arrested and charged to court on one count charge of stealing a Bajaj motorcycle, valued N250, 000.
The offence according to the prosecutor, Inspector Cousin Adams, is contrary to and punishable under section 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The charge against the accused reads: “that you Taofeek Ogunjimi ‘M’ on October 10, 2017, at about 1700hrs, at Herbert Macaulay Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District did Steal a Bajaj Motorcycle with Registration Number FST 649 Q] colour red valued the sum of N250,0oo.oo (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) property Of one Yahaya Musa ‘M’ and thereby committed an Offence punishable under Section 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015”.
The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following his not guilty plea, the magistrate, Mrs. A. O. Salawu, admitted him to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties.
Magistrate Salawu also ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and they must show prove of employment with three years tax payment, payable to the Lagos state government.
The magistrate also ordered that the sureties must produced a valid National Identity card.
Magistrate Salawu, while adjourning the matter till January 27, for the commencement of trial of the accused person, ordered that he should be remanded in prisons custody pending when he is able to meet the bail conditions.