A suspected car thief, Adediran Olaoluwa, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos Island.
The police accused the 37-year-old and others at large of stealing a KIA Rio with number plate, EPE 817 EV, on Keffi Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The car was said to be the property of one Lanre Olomojobi and was valued at N1.8m.
The case was said to have been reported to the police at the Ikoyi division and the suspect was apprehended on Monday.
PUNCH Metro learnt that upon his arrest, he was taken into police custody.
The police claimed that when he was given a form to write his statement, he reportedly went berserk and tore the form.
He also allegedly rumpled the shirt of the Investigating Police Officer, Inspector Afolayan Babashola, who wanted to take his statement.
The statement form was valued at N500.
Olaoluwa was subsequently arraigned on five counts, bordering on stealing, conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace, unlawful damage and assault.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Abass Abayomi, told the court that the offences contravened sections 168, 174, 287, 350 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The charges read in part, “That you, Adediran Olaoluwa, and others now at large, on September 19, 2017, on Keffi Road, Ikoyi, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal one KIA Rio with number plate, EPE 817 EV, valued at N1,800,000, property of one Lane Olomojobi.
“That you, Adediran Olaoluwa, on December 4, 2017, at about 7pm, at the Ikoyi Police Station, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by tearing the statement form in the police statement room.
“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did assault Inspector Afolayan Babashola, who was performing his lawful duty, by holding and rumpling his shirt, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 174 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.”
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. A.O. Komolafe, granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
She stated that the address of the surety must be verified and adjourned the case till January 16, 2017.