A driver, Omoike Imafidon, 27, was on Wednesday docked before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly absconding with a vehicle worth N4.2 million.
The defendant, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and theft.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 6 at about 2:00 p.m. on Lagos Island.
He said that the defendant had approached Mr Churchhill Ekedo, the Complainant, under the pretence of buying his Toyota Sienna car.
Agboko alleged that the defendant told Ekedo that he would have to test run the car before bargaining the price with the complainant.
The prosecutor told the court that while the complainant obliged the defendant’s request of a test run of the car, he allegedly absconded with the vehicle.
“All efforts to locate him yielded no result but he was later caught through the help of the police,’’ Agboko told the court.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 321(a): and 287(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mr T. A. Anjorin-Ajose, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Sept.19.