N245,000 PETROL THEFT: Court Grants Bail to Tanker Driver

A 38-year-old tanker driver, Agboola Biliaminu, has pleaded not guilty to an allegation that he stole 1,550 litres of petrol valued at N245,000.

TANKER DRIVERBiliaminu who was arraigned on Monday before an Ikeja Magistrate’s’ Court, Lagos is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Babaji Ishaku, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 25 at Apapa, Lagos.

“Biliaminu conspired with others now at large to steal 1,550 litres of fuel valued at N254,000, property of Jimlam Freight Services Ltd., Apapa, Lagos,’’ Ishaku said.

He alleged that the accused stole the product out of the 33,000 litres of petrol he was directed to deliver in Akure, Ondo, from the Apapa depot.

“It was discovered that the tanker driver conspired with his motor boy and siphoned 1,550 litres from the 33, 000 litres.

“The product stolen from the tank was valued at N245,000,’’ he said

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Biliaminu, who resides at Lafenwa area of Abeokuta of Ogun, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mr J.A. Adegun, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said that the sureties must be property owners in Lagos.

Adegun adjourned the case to Mach 17 for trial.


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