Edo police arraign 34-yr-old man for alleged fuel theft



 The police on Wednesday arraigned one Nosa Okoro, 34, before an Ogbeson Chief Magistrates’ in Benin for allegedly stealing 1,950 litres of premium motor spirit, popularly called .
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Charity Asemota, said the defendant was arraigned on a one-count charge of stealing.


According to Asemota, the defendant on March 8, No 12, Benin-Agbor Road, Ikpoba Hill Benin and within Oregbeni Magisterial District, stole 1,950 litres of fuel.
He further told the that the product, valued N368,000, belonged to one David Ikuoria.
He said that the contravened Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of the defunct Bendel State, 1976, now applicable in Edo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that found guilty, the defendant risks a seven-year jail term.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against .
His Counsel, Mrs Esther Uwaifor, applied for his bail, assuring the that he would not jump bail.
The police prosecutor did not oppose the bail application.
Consequently, the Chief Magistrate, Mutairu Oare, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N200,000 one surety.


He said the surety must be a responsible person and should depose to an affidavit of means.
Oare also directed that the surety must deposit recent passport photographs of himself and that of the defendant the court.
He directed the court registrar to verify the information supplied about the surety’s residence.
He, thereafter, adjourned the case to May 11 for further hearing. (NAN)