By Onozure Dania
Lagos—Magistrate B. O. Ope-Agbe, of an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Oyingbo yesterday, granted a N12 million bail to a Ghanaian technician, Paul Johnson, who worked with a foreign construction firm, over an offence of alleged theft of a truck valued N12 million.
The 29 year-old Ghanaian was charged before the court, for stealing a Howo Truck, valued at N12,000.000, belonging to his employer, China Railway Construction Company, CRCC, Lagos.
He was arraigned on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing, preferred against him by the police.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, are contrary to and punishable under 409 and 285 of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Upon his plea, his lawyer, O. Osodu, urged the court to admit him to bail in the most liberal term.
The prosecutor, Iyobosa Onaiwu, who did not oppose the bail application, said granting of bail is at the discretion of the court.
Consequently, the magistrate, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N12m with two responsible sureties, in like sum.
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