A 40-year-old bricklayer, Matthew Daniel, on Thursday appeared in a Chief Magistrates’ Court, Gwagwalada, FCT, for allegedly buying a stolen vehicle.
The police charged Daniel of Zango Area one, Lokoja, Kogi, with dishonestly receiving stolen property.
The Prosecution Counsel, Dabo Yakubu, told the court that in January, the defendant allegedly bought a stolen Toyota Corolla for N140,000 from a suspect, Adeoye Olayemi, of Kabba Odolu village, Kogi.
Yakubu said that the car belonged to Mohammed Baba, of Old Kutunku, Gwagwalada Abuja.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 317 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Defence Counsel, Ajayi Ilesanmi, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms, citing sections 162 and 158 of the Administrative Criminal Justices Act (ACJA).
He stated that the offence was bailable and that the defendant would not jump bail, but would be available anytime the matter was fixed.
Chief Magistrate Aliyu Shafa admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two reasonable sureties in like sum.
Shafa ordered that the sureties must swear to an affidavit and must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
He adjourned the case until Oct. 22 for hearing.
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