A security man attached to Halogen Security, Lagos, Joseph Aba, 27, who allegedly stole a Hyundai Accent Car value at N5 million at Phase 3 Communication Nigeria Limited office,Victoria Island, has been arrested at Iyana Oworo area of the state.
Mr. Aba reportedly stole the car the same day he was employed.
He was arrested at Iyana Oworo bus stop after the car suddenly stopped on his way to Benue State.
He was arrested by the DPO of Bar Beach Division, CSP Olusegun Ajamolaya following complaints by the management of Halogen Security through its Compliance Officer, Mr Ezechukwu Iroha.
According to PM News, the incident occurred on 30 September, 2017 at 22, Ologun Agbaje Street,VI, Lagos, when the suspect secured employment with Halogen Security Services Limited and was posted same day to Phase 3 Communication Nigeria Limited.
The police alleged that after all workers had closed for the day, the suspect entered the office’s reception to pick the key to the Hyundai car and stole one HP Laptop valued at N124,000 and drove the car en-route to Benue to sell, but unknown to the suspect, the car was fitted with security gadgets.
A police source said that following a report of the car theft by the management of Halogen Security Services, CSP Ajamolaya swung into action with his men and tracked the stolen car to Iyana Oworo bus stop and arrested the suspect at the scene and took him and the car to the Station.
During interrogation, according to the Police, the suspect allegedly confessed to the crime that he stole the car to use it for commercial purpose in Benue or sell it off and use the money to start his life.
Mr. Aba was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a one count charge of stealing.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Abbass Abayomi told the Court that the accused stole the car at the premises of company where he was posted the same day he was employed to provide security.
The offence committed is punishable under sections 287 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime and Chief Magistrate Mrs A.O Komolafe admitted him on bail in the sum of N2.5m with two surties in like sum.
Komolafe adjourned the case till 14 November, 2017 for mention and ordered that he be remanded at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, till he is able to meet the bail conditions.
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