A security guard, Abubakar Mohammed, has been arrested by the police for allegedly selling stolen motorcycles.
It was gathered that Mohammed was employed as a security guard for James Ajayi Cresent, Isheri, Lagos, and was provided with an accommodation.
The 30-year-old reportedly accommodated two people who brought stolen motorcycles for him to sell.
The Borno State indigene said he paid for the motorcycles before he sold them, adding that he also paid to get forged documents for the motorcycles.
He said, “I know one Hassan Made and Baba, aka Boxer, I accommodated them in the apartment provided for me by the street landlords.
“Baba started living with me when he returned from Kirikiri prison and had no place to stay. After staying for 15 days, he brought one motorcycle with number plate and told me that his friend at Kara cattle market gave him to sell it. I bought it from him for N140,000. I rode it for a while and I sold it.
“Thereafter Baba kept bringing used motorcycles to me and I sold them. The motorcycles came without registration papers. The ones I have sold were sold with fake documents. I used to give Baba N7,000 to get forged documents.
“I initially did not know that Hassan was involved until I was arrested and someone claimed that Hassan sold a motorcycle to him as well and he tendered the same type of document Baba gave me. I never knew Baba and Hassan usually steal the motorcycles, I bought the motorcycles because of the profit I made.”
Mohammed was subsequently arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on four counts bordering on unlawful possession and receiving of stolen motorcycles
The police prosecutor, Inspector Abiola Adewale, said the offences contravened sections 411, 328(1), (2)(a)(b), 327 and 365(e)(i)(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.
The charges read in part, “That you, Abubakar Mohammed, and others now at large on September 2, 2018, around 10am on Agbedina Street, Isheri, Lagos, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did conspire among yourself to commit felony to wit: receiving stolen property and forgery.
“That you, Abubakar Mohammed, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did wilfully procure and obtaining registration by false pretences, fake five number plates: PKA 379 VY, LAR 536 QJ, TRE 763 VM, TTD 917 VM and LAR 341 VF.
“That you, Abubakar Mohammed, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did knowingly make false documents of Ogun State vehicle licences of commercial motorcycles, Ogun State certificate of title of a motor vehicle, Onyeka Investment cash receipts, Onyeka investment waybill/invoice, Nicon Insurance Plc certificates of insurance and benefits, Assurance Plc certificates of insurance, and used same as genuine to the prejudice of another to sell stolen motorcycles.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding magistrate, W. A. Salami granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case till October 23, 2018.