Police on Thursday charged a 28-year-old tradesman, Jonathan Lawi, in a Grade I Area Court in Kado, Abuja, for allegedly receiving stolen 149 sacks of cement worth N685,400.
Lawi, who lives in Gishiri village, Abuja, is facing charges for receiving stolen property.
The Prosecutor, Mr. Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that the case was reported to the Mabushi Police Station on November 9 by the complainant, Mr. Owajichejo Getshon of No.5, New Jersey street, Efab Metropolis, Karsana, Abuja.
Nwafoaku told the court that the complainant alleged that on November 6, his guard, Sunday Kaboshio, who is currently at large, stole his 149 sacks of cement and gave it to the defendant.
“During the police investigation, it was discovered that the stolen sacks of cement had been sold to the defendant, who knew full well that the items had been stolen and he had received them dishonestly,” he told the court.
The prosecutor said in the course of further investigation that the defendant confessed to the crime and 40 sacks of cement were recovered from him.
He said the crime violated the provision of Article 317 of the Penal Code.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The judge, Muhammed Wakili, granted bail to the defendant in the amount of N700,000 with one bail required to present a passport photograph.
He must also provide a valid means of identification and a BVN printout of his bank details.
Wakili adjourned the case to February 16, 2023 for hearing (NAN)
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