Fuel Scarcity: Okada Rider in court for stealing police fuel

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Following the fuel scarcity, A commercial motorcyclist, Abiola Salawu, on Thursday appeared before an Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court facing a charge of stealing. Salawu, 28, who lives at No. 18, Ishawo Rd., Ikorodu in Lagos State allegedly stole 50 litres of petrol from the Ketu Police Station, Lagos State.

According to The Prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, he told the court that the accused had on May 25, at 5.40a.m., illegally entered the premises of the Ketu Police Station and stole 50 litres of petrol. Ihiehie said that the stolen product valued at N18, 000 belonged to the station. He said that the policemen observed that the petrol inside a gallon was missing from where they kept it.

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The officers searched around the area and saw the accused with the same gallon in which they kept the petrol with only 30 litres of the substance remaining. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Salawu, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs O. J. Awope, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum. She said that the surety should be gainfully employed with a verification of address as part of the bail conditions. The magistrate adjourned the case to June 24 for mention.