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A 26-year-old clearing agent, Muhammed Usman Jibrin, was on Friday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing the sum of N1,040,000 to clear cars at Tin Can Island Port.

Jibrin is facing a two-count charge of false pretence and stealing. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Inspector Paul Ugorji, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in February 2020 at Tin Can Island Port.

“The defendant obtained the sum of N1,040,000 from one Abba Isah Tajudeen with a promise to use it to clear cars, a representation he knows to be false.

“The defendant stole the sum of N1,040,000 property of one Abba Isah Tajudeen,” Ugorji said.

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

Magistrate L.O Kazeem granted the defendant bail in the sum of N300,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be a blood relative to the defendant.

The sureties are required to be gainfully employed and furnish the court with proof of three years tax payment to Lagos State Government.

He adjourned the case till April 1, 2020 for mention.