A businessman, Nyityo Stephen, was on Friday arraigned at a Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja for allegedly conspiring to steal a motorcycle worth N650, 000.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the police charged Stephen of Dape Village, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with criminal conspiracy and theft.
The prosecution counsel, Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that on October 22 2022, at about 5:15 pm, the complainant Mrs Pat Gibson of Life Camp, Abuja, reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station.
He alleged that on October8, 2022, the defendant brought his friend, Felix Yerna of no fixed address to the complainant’s house to sign an agreement to use the complainant’s motorcycle for business.
The prosecution council alleged that the complainant gave Yerna her motorcycle valued at N650, 000 on hire purchase to pay N30, 000 weekly. He told the court that in the agreement the defendant signed the guarantor’s form for his friend Yerna.
Nwafoaku alleged that Yerna, who is now at large, worked for one week and absconded with the motorcycle, adding that during police investigation efforts to arrest him and recover the motorcycle were abortive.
He told the court that the offence contravened sections 27 and 287 of the penal code law. The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The defence counsel, Charity Nwosu, made a bail application for the defendant in the most liberal terms.
Nwosu made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 and promised that the defendant would not jump bail if granted.
The prosecution counsel, however, did not object to the bail application made by the defence counsel.
The Judge, Muhammed Wakili, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200, 000 and one surety in like sum.
Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, to be verified by the court registrar. NAN added that the Judge adjourned the matter until February 13, 2023, for hearing.