By Wasiu Popoola
The police have arraigned four men at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly stealing diesel and cable wire belonging to Eko Atlantic Company, Lagos.
Samuel Enoch, 32, Taye Ajayi, 28, Kayode Baba, 32 and Segun Adeojo, 35, were accused of committing the offences alongside their accomplices who are at large.
They were docked before Mrs F. F. George on a charge marked D/60/2016 on two counts of conspiracy and stealing.
According to prosecuting Corporal Chinedu Njoku, at about 5am on October 29, the defendants and their accomplices, all putting on black t-shirts, gained entry into the firm’s premises by scaling the fence.
They drew out diesel with a hose from the tank of an excavator parked nearby into their 30-litre Jerry can and also severed several wire cables which they tried to cart away.
The men, he said, were seen and chased by the firm’s security operatives who caught two of the defendants, Enoch and Ajayi with the stolen items in their possession, while the others escaped.
Baba, a plumber with no fixed address and Adeojo, unemployed, of No. 17, Akarigbare Street, Victoria Island, were subsequently arrested by operatives of the Victoria Island Police Station.
Enoch, from Ebonyi State, but of no fixed address, and Ajayi, of No. 220 Isidola Street, Mowe, Ibafo, Ogun State, pleaded guilty to both counts, but Baba and Adeojo denied the charge.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 409 and 285(7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
Magistrate George remanded Enoch and Ajayi in prison until Thursday, for a review of the facts of their case and for sentencing, while Baba and Adeojo were granted N100,000 bail each with two sureties each in the like sum. Their case also comes up on Thursday.