An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos Thursday convicted a 20-year-old bus conductor, Abass Akanbi, of stealing a motorcycle in the Lekki area of Lagos.
Magistrate O. A. Olagbehinde (Miss) sentenced Akanbi to two months in Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, without an option of fine, after he admitted stealing an unregistered Bajaj motorcycle valued at N127, 000. The court accepted his plea of guilt after examining, among others, Akanbi’s confessional statement and the stolen motorcycle tendered as exhibits by prosecuting police CorporalFriday Mameh.
Akanbi, an on-off bus conductor with no fixed address, was arrested by the police on April 24, alongside Ganiu Amos, the rider of a commercial motorcycle also known as ‘Okada’. Both men were arraigned the next day on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, on Charge No. Q/26/2016, but Amos pleaded not guilty.
He was later discharged following Akanbi’s confession that he acted alone and “based on the complainant’s withdrawal letter.”
Corporal Mameh told the court during facts and sentencing Thursday that Akanbi and Amos were apprehended on April 24, around 11:30am at Oba Oyekan Estate, Lekki Phase One, Lagos.
He said Akanbi, pretending to be a passenger, hired the Okada rider to drop him off at Oyekan Estate.
He paid for his fare as he alighted but asked the motorcyclist to wait to take him back while he picked something from the estate.
Akanbi, he added, was apprehended minutes later by security guards at the estate, as he fled on the stolen motorcycle.
Amos was also arrested while waiting for his passenger.
The prosecutor added that the stolen motorcycle was the property of one Yakubu Fali, a resident of the estate.