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Trader docked for allegedly posing with stolen car on Facebook

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A trader, Ekene Mbonu, yesterday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly buying a stolen car, valued at N3 million and flaunting it on Facebook as his own. Mbonu, 31, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing to which he pleaded not guilty.

According to the police prosecutor, Sgt. Michael Unah, Mbonu allegedly purchased a Toyota Camry 2008 with registration number, KSR 665 CB, worth N3 million, property of one Alex Ewuzie. The car was stolen by Ewuzie’s housekeeper, one Peter, now at large.

Unah told the court that the defendant committed the offences with others still at large on November 27, 2018 at 5:00p.m. at No. 20 Obasa Str., Oba Akran Road, Ikeja. He said the defendant allegedly bought the stolen car from the complainant’s house-help, who absconded with the complainant’s property.

“The complainant tracked the car and found it in the possession of the defendant, who was already flaunting it on social media platforms,” said the prosecutor. He said offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr A.A. Fashola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.Meanwhile a treasurer in the Apostolic Church of Nigeria, Robbinson, who allegedly swindled a pastor of N850,000, has appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The police charged Robbinson, who resides in Berger area of Lagos, with two counts of theft and obtaining under false pretext.

The prosecution counsel, Sgt. Michael Unah, told the court that the defendant allegedly collected N850,000 from one Pastor Ekong, under the pretext of introducing him to an oil and gas business, a representation he knew to be false, in August 2018 at about 10:25a.m. in Ogba, Lagos. If convicted, he is liable to three years in prison.


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