Security guard docked for allegedly stealing 28 pieces of iron rod

19-year-old trader jailed

In a Kado Grade I Area Court in Abuja on Thursday, a security guard named Philip Minazu was charged with stealing 28 pieces of iron rod worth N2.1 million.

Minazu, whose address has not been disclosed, is accused of criminal conspiracy and theft.

Mr Stanley Nwafoaku, the Prosecution Counsel, told the court that the complainant, Mr Stephen Idahosa of Lugbe, Abuja, reported the matter to the Mabushi Police Station on January 22.

Nwafoaku stated that the complainant discovered that the defendant and his colleague, one Jonah, both security guards on his site, stole the 28 pieces of iron rod.

He said that during police investigation, the defendant confessed to have sold the items to one Musa Abdullahi.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 97 and 287 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

His counsel, Cajetan Nnaemeka, prayed the court to admit his client to bail citing Section 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act ( ACJA), 2015.

Nnaemeka submitted that if granted bail, his client will not interfere with the investigation and that he will always be available throughout the entire procedure of the trial.

The judge, Malam Muhammed Wakili , admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N300,000 and a surety in like sum.

He directed that the surety must provide a passport photograph, any valid means of identification and a BVN printout from his bank.

Wakili also adjourned the matter until April 18, for hearing. (NAN)

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