Odo Peter, 55, and Abubakar Hamisu, 30, both of Chamber of Commerce, Airport Road, Abuja, appeared in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, yesterday charged with theft.
The accused were alleged to have stolen five 25-litre jerry cans filled with fuel valued at N25, 000.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Paul Anigbo, said that on March 10 at about 12.35 p.m., Onyekwere Anthony, of the same address with the accused, reported the matter at the Lugbe Police Station.
He said Anthony reported that the on same day, at about 10.15 a.m., he visited the complex and discovered that the five jerrycans were missing. The prosecutor said that Anthony told the police that Peter, the security guard attached to the complex, was responsible for the theft.
According to Anigbo, during police investigation, Hamisu confessed that he bought the stolen jerry cans from Peter at the rate of N12, 500 per jerry can.
He told the court that the five jerrycans were recovered from Hamisu. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against them.
The Senior Magistrate, Mr Clestine Odoh, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 each with one reasonable surety each in like sum.
He said that the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court, and that the accused must each depose a passport photograph with the court’s registry. Odoh adjourned the case until May 5 for continuation of hearing. (NAN)