By: Deborah Kayode
In a case of Commissioner of Police and Ajibade Olaide Joshua with suit number MOT 8436/2018 brought before an Ota Magistrate court on Tuesday, Ajibade allegedly diverted 80 bags of rice of one Mrs. Rosaline Idiahle meant to be conveyed from Lagos to Benin for his personal gains.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Inspector E. Itaita, in the charge read, “That you, Ajibade Olaide Joshua on the 4th of August, 2018 you conspired within yourself to defraud one Roseline Idiahle of 80 bags of rice meant to be conveyed from Lagos to Benin.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The complainant, Roseline Idiahle, a business woman in her evidence in court said the defendant, Ajibade was given the goods by Ikechukwu, 80 bags of rice to deliver to her from Lagos to Benin.
“On 4th August 2018, I gave Ajibade 80 bags of rice through Ikechukwu, the guy who normally buys rice for me and this is not Ajibade’s first time of delivering goods to me in similar quantity so i’m confused as to why he absconded with my goods. The goods is worth one million and eighty five thousand Naira, I plead that this honourable court do all within its power to help retrieve my goods or money as it’s quite a huge loss to me.” She prayed.
VOA News Correspondent gathered that the vehicle conveying the goods was said to have contained 250 bags of rice of which 80 bags belong to Mrs. Roseline Idiahle, the others to be dispatched to unknown customers.
The Magistrate however adjourned the case till 21st of May for further hearing.