Lagos businessman arraigned for allegedly diverting N8.6m goods

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A businessman, Chidi Ozurumba, who allegedly diverted his business partner’s truck loaded with goods worth N8.6 million, was yesterday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Ozurumba, whose address was not given, is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

Prosecutor C. N. Odii told the court that the accused committed the offences on Sept. 13, 2014 at Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos.

He said the accused with others still at large diverted a truck with registration no. BDG 708 XE conveying some goods to Maiduguri, Borno, worth N8.6 million.

According to him, the goods stolen are 750 cartons of floor tiles, 250 cartons of wall tiles, 222 pieces of single doors, 200 cartons of a brand of floor tiles and 50 pieces of double doors, property of Lakebato Ventures Ltd.

He said the offences contravened Sections 285 (5) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused pleaded innocence of the offences.

Section 285 (5) provides seven years imprisonment, while Section 409 prescribes a two-year jail term.

Counsel to the accused, Helen Ibeji, urged the court to admit the accused to bail on liberal terms.

In his ruling, the Magistrate P. A. Adekumanya admitted him to a bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said the sureties must be employed in the Lagos State Civil Service.

The case was adjourned till Oct. 19 for mention.