by Aisha Abdulrasaq
Three truck drivers have been arraigned before an Igbosere magistrate court for allegedly diverting 1,200 bags of animal feed valued at N4,081,000 which was supposed to be delivered to a customer in Lagos.
According to the police, the suspects were apprehended by men attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS of Adeniji Adele road, Lagos Island.
The suspects, Osas Sampson Agboselobhor 37, Onyebuchi Nwobi 32, and Abuchi Ogbonna 32.
The suspects were said to have been contracted by the management of Grand Cereals Limited in Onitsha in Anambra State as truck drivers to convey 1,200 bags of animal feeds in their truck with reg. no. FGG72-XC to a customer, Mr. Afolabi Ayodele in Lagos at a fee of N120,000
It was reported by the Police that the suspects loaded the bags and headed to Lagos after they collected N102, 000 in advance from the agreed transport fee of N120, 000. They were expected to make the delivery within 24 hours.
However, instead of delivering the goods to the owner, the suspects diverted the goods to Ibadan, Oyo State and offloaded it into a warehouse before relocating to Lagos to look for a buyer for the
When the management of Grand Cereals Limited could not find the suspects and their goods within two days, they reported the matter to the DCP in charge of FSARS, Lagos, and Mr. Ibrahim Kaoje. The police later arrested the suspects at a hotel in Egbeda, Lagos and arrested them and took them to the station.
The suspects during interrogation confessed to the crime that they diverted the goods and led the police to the warehouse where they kept the stolen goods in Ibadan.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Nosa Uhumwangho, said the offences the accused persons committed were punishable under sections 411 and 287(a) (b) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria.
All accused persons pleaded not guilty to the allegations and Magistrate Joy Ugbomoiko, granted them bail in the sum of N200, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum. The case was adjourned till July 17, 2017 for further hearing.