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For allegedly a stealing 40-feet container, bearing Supermaster motorcycle tyres and tubes, valued at N35 million, policemen from State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti-Yaba, Lagos, yesterday, arraigned one Uchenna Obidile, a.k.a Olowun, before a Magistrate Court, sitting in Ebute-Metta.

Obidile was arraigned before O. O. Olatunji on a two-count charge of conspiracy to commit felony and stealing. He pleaded not guilty. Prosecutor, O. Oladele, told the court that the defendant and others, now on the large, committed the offence on July 20, last year, on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.

The prosecution told the court that after the snatching the container, the owner, Supermaster Nigeria Limited, represented by Chief Ralph Obi, petitioned the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of SCIID, Panti, Yetunde Longe. Upon his plea, his lawyer, Spourgeon Ataene, pleaded with the court to admit his client to bail on liberal terms, but the prosecutor urged the court to grant bail to the defendant in a condition that would ensure his attendance in court during trial.

However, Magistrate Olatunji admitted him to bail in the sum of N1 million, with two responsible sureties. He ordered that the sureties must show to the court, evidence of three years tax paid to the Lagos State Government, means of livelihood and have their residences and office addresses verified by the prosecutor. He subsequently adjourned the matter until September 5 for trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody, pending perfection of his bail.



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