LAGOS – Two men have been arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate Court for allegedly buying five stolen vehicles.
Ikenna Amuh, 38 and Uche Oyida, 25 allegedly bought the cars at Ojodu area of Lagos from Saheed Bashiru and Sulaiman Ibrahim who are suspected armed robbers.
The police said Bashiru and Ibrahim are suspected armed robbers.
The stolen vehicles included Toyota 4 Runner SUV, Toyota Highlander, two Honda Accord cars, and Toyota Camry.
The stolen cars were said to have been given fake number plates by the defendants to sell at cheap prices.
Bashiru and Ibrahim were arrested and allegedly confessed to selling the vehicles to the defendants Amuh and Oyida, which led to their arrest.
The police said the defendants bought the vehicles in April, July, August and October, 2013.
The charge read in part:
That you, Ikenna Amuh, Uche Oyida and others now at large on October 25, 2013 at 8.15am, at Ojodu area of Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did receive one Toyota Corolla with Registration number FKJ 133 BG from Saheed Basiru and Suleiman Ibrahim, respectively, property of one Akeem Adebayo, knowing same to have been stolen and thereby committed an offence.
That you in July, 2013 at about 6pm at Ojodu Berger, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did receive one Toyota Highlander with fake Registration number YAB 877AQ from Saheed Basiru, knowing same to have been stolen and thereby committed an offence.
The police prosecutor, ASP Etim Ekankuk, said the offence was punishable under Section 326 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The men pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.
The magistrate, Mrs Demi Ajayi, admitted them to bail in the sum of 1m with two sureties each in like sum. The matter was adjourned till January 27, 2014.