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Septuagenarian remanded over alleged fake ‘yellow taxi’ trademark

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A Lagos Magistrate Court, Igbosere has remanded in prison custody, a 75 years old man, Babatunde Aremu for allegedly operating a Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Cap Operators (Yellow Taxi) illegally.

Magistrate A.M Davies ordered his remand following his plea of not guilty to the charges brought against him yesterday.

His offence borders on conspiracy, felony and illegal operation of the taxi.

The septuagenarian allegedly committed the offence with other suspects said to be at large.

In the charge marked M/21/2018, the police alleged that the defendant and others now at large between 2014 and 2018, conducted themselves in a manner likely to breach public peace, by illegally and unlawfully using Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators (Yellow Taxi).

The offence according to the prosecutor, Sergeant Reuben Solomon, is contrary to and punishable under sections 168 (D), 380(1) and 411 of the Criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2015.

The trial Magistrate however, granted him bail in the sum of N100, 000, with two sureties in the like sum and ordered the sureties to show to court evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos State government.

Also, she ordered the sureties to show evidence of means of livelihood and have their residential addresses verified by the prosecutor.

The magistrate while adjourning the matter till March 27, 2018 ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody, pending the perfection of his bail terms.


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