A 200 level student of Imo State University, Chinedu Ibe was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court sitting in Lagos state, for allegedly damaging and stealing of car parts.
Ibe who was told by his friend that he could only get clean parts of car to steal at Lekki destroyed the side glasses of five cars parked within the bank’s premises, all valued at N900,000.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Cyriacus Osuji informed the court that the suspect committed the crime on July 24 at about 2:10am. at a commercial bank at Oniru Estate Victoria Island, Eti-Osa, Lagos.
The prosecutor noted that the offence contravenes Section 409 and 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Ibe who was introduced into the business by his friend told the court that his friend Chidi brought him into the business.
“Chidi, who introduced me into this business, told me that it is only in Lekki I can find good cars and good parts to steal.
“I have stolen seven cars, four from Surulere and three from Okoko. What surprises me is that it is this same Chidi that buys these stolen parts from me.
“The highest price this Chidi has paid me for these parts is N28,000 and what keeps me amazed is that Chidi has been protecting me from the police.Whenever the police are after me, I usually call Chidi and we meet somewhere in coconut and then he resolves the issues.”
He was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 by magistrate, Mrs Adepoju, with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate said the sureties must be related to the defendant and must provide evidence of two years tax payment and their addresses verified.
The matter was adjourned to September 20 for mention.