By Abolaji Adebayo
Two suspected persons, Rasheed Adeyemi and Oluseye Adepoju, a driver and a motor boy, have been arraigned at Isolo Magistrate court for conspiracy to steal a Truck with registration No KRD84XC belonging to Bendel Transport Company.
The suspects, who were convicted over conspiracy with the company’s driver simply identified as Ifa, who was at large at the time of prosecution, were said to have committed an offence punishable under section 325 of Criminal Law of Lagos state.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector Rita Momah, the accused were arrested by the officers of Ilasamaja Police station upon the complaint by the company’s Accountant, Wasiu Olagoke.
Olagoke explained that the Truck was in the custody of the company’s driver – Ifa, saying he was confused to see another person driving the truck without the company’s driver accompany him, which was contrary to the ethics of the company.
He stated, “The truck was given to one of our driver known as Ifa; the company didn’t authorize any other driver to drive the truck whether to carry load or to even just park it.
“On March 8, around 10:30pm, we saw the truck with an unknown person and it was with an empty container. The truck was parked at our client’s warehouse.
“I reported the case to the police and the driver together with his motor boy was subsequently arrested for further investigation. Ifa, the company’s driver was not found. I didn’t know Rasheed who drove the truck yesterday although he claimed to know me.”
However, the suspected driver, Adeyemi, claimed that he was working with Bendel Multilinks Nigeria Limited as a motor boy to Ifa, stating that he didn’t know the company was looking for the truck.
According to him, it was his former boss – Ifa who called him to drive the truck from Iganmu to Whitesand at Orile before he was stopped and arrested by police for stealing.
“I have worked with Bendel Multilinks Nigeria Limited for about six months. I didn’t know Bendel is looking for the truck. It was Ifa who called me and ordered me to come and drive the truck from P.2 Iganmu to Whitesand at Orile.
“I was stopped on the way with my boy by police, alleging that I was involved in stealing. I don’t know where Ifa is now but I’m willing to help in his apprehension.”
Meanwhile, the preceding magistrate, Mrs. Kubeinje, granted the accused bail of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, who are gainfully employed as the bail condition.
The case was adjourned till June 5th, 2018 for further hearing while the hunt for the escaped company driver was still on.