… As Police in Lagos arrest 2 motorcycle robbery suspects***
A Kaduna Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday sentenced a 43-year-old businessman, Tunji Adebiyi, to one-year imprisonment for defrauding one Mr Felix Samson of six million Naira on the pretext of selling an apartment to him.
The defendant, a resident of Barnawa, Kaduna State, was tried on two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses and stealing.
In his judgment, the Magistrate, Mr Ibrahim Emmanuel, held that the prosecution established its case against the convict beyond a reasonable doubt.
He, therefore, convicted Adebiyi on the counts and sentenced him.
The magistrate, however, gave him an option of a N150,000 fine and ordered him to return six million Naira to the complainant.
Emmanuel held that failure to return the money would earn the convict an additional one-year prison term.
The magistrate warned the convict to desist from crime and directed him to write an undertaking to be of good behaviour.
The newsmen report that the convict was first arraigned on Nov. 25, 2020, and was granted bail after he pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution called four witnesses and presented several exhibits to prove its case.
According to the police, the convict fraudulently obtained six million Naira from one Mr Samson on the pretext of selling to him a three-bedroom flat located at Narayi High Coast.
“The defendant collected the money from the complainant and gave some documents which were discovered to be fake.
“When the complainant got to the house, he was denied access, and efforts to retrieve his money proved unsuccessful,’’ the prosecution, Insp Chidi Leo, had submitted.
He noted that the offences violated Sections 287 and 59 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.
In the meantime, the Police Command in Lagos State, says it has arrested two motorcycle robbery suspects operating around Ikoyi Area, and on the trail of some now at large.
The spokesman for the command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Tuesday.
Hundeyin said that operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), arrested the two suspects, whose names were not given, on Monday at about 11.00 a.m., at Park View Estate, Ikoyi, and recovered a motorcycle.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspects boarded the motorcycle from Obalande to Parkview Estate, where one suspect, who is at large, was waiting for them.
“On arriving at the destination, one of the suspects hit the motorcyclist on the head with a wheel spanner and dispossessed him of his motorcycle.
“People around the area, who witnessed the incident, raised an alarm which drew the attention of the RRS officers on patrol in the area, and they were arrested,” he said.
The spokesman said that the suspects confessed to have stolen many motorcycles using the same method, and sold them at N150,000 each.
Hundeyin said that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Abiodun Alabi, had directed the Commander RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, to transfer the suspects and exhibits to the CP’s Special Squad for further investigation.
He said the CP’s special Squad would ensure that the fleeing gang member and those receiving the stolen motorcycles were arrested and subsequently prosecuted.