A butcher has reportedly waylaid a truck driver in a Lagos State community, disappearing with as much as N170,000.
Saheed Ibrahim, a 30-year-old butcher, on Monday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly waylaying a truck driver on Lagos Carter Bridge and dispossessing him of N170,000.
According to a NAN report, Ibrahim, who resides at No. 3, Ogbayo St., Sangotedo Lekki, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Philip Osijiale, told the court that accused and three of his accomplices, who are presently at large, committed the offences on Nov. 28, at about 8:00pm.
Osijiale said that the accused and his team waylaid a truck driver, Mohammed Bukankwato, on Carter Bridge, Idumota, Lagos Island, when his truck broke down.
He said that the accused and his accomplices forcefully collected the sum of N170,000 from the driver.
“The truck driver was coming from Mile 12 and heading to Ijora when his truck broke down on the bridge.
“The accused and his gang accosted him and threatened to throw him in the Lagoon if he did not give them all he had.
“They collected the sum of N170,000 from him and ran away.
“The complainant went to the nearest police station to report, fortunately the accused was apprehended and efforts are still underway to arrest the three others at large,” he said.
Osijiale said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment, while Section 411 carries two years imprisonment for offenders.
The Magistrate, Mr Omolaja Kazeem, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case until Jan. 3, for mention.