Police arraigns fake Customs agent for theft

The Nigerian Police on Thursday arraigned a 52-year old man, EchebiriI kechukwu, before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for alleged impersonation and stealing of vehicles worth N7.8million.Ikechukwu was arraigned before Magistrate Mrs. O.Kusanu on a four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, impersonation and threat to life.

The defendant, whose address was not given, was alleged to have stolen three Toyota cars worth N5.3million, while pretending to be a Customs officer.

According to the police, the stolen cars are a Toyota Corolla 2009 model, a Toyota Camry 2004 model and another Toyota Corolla 2001 model, properties belonging to one Osagiede Christian.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the defendant and others who are still at large committed the alleged offences sometime in January 2014 at Apapa area of Lagos State. Ikechukwu was also accused of obtaining the sum of N2.5million from the complainant under the pretence of helping him to clear the three cars as a clearing agent.

The prosecutor further alleged that the defendant at the same place between January 2014 and July 2015, threatened to kill the complainant.

The offences committed by Ikechukwu, according to the police, are punishable under Sections 410, 348, 312, 56 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and was subsequently granted bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

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