A 31-year-old driver, Sylas Umoh, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja, Lagos State Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing his employer’s Toyota Hilux van worth N10 million.
Umoh, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.
The prosecutor, ASP Victor Eruada, told the court that Umoh committed the offences on January 10 at 49, Capitol Road, Agege, Lagos.
Eruada said the defendant stole the Toyota Hilux van valued at N10 million, which he was driving, a property of Metropolitan Motors.
The prosecutor said the defendant claimed he parked the vehicle in front of his house, but could not find it where it was parked.
He said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates a seven-year jail term for offender, while Section 411 provides two years imprisonment for conspiracy.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, M. O. Tanimola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum.
Tanimola adjourned the case until February 24 for further hearing.