The Police at the Maroko Division, Lekki, Lagos have arrested and arraigned two suspected Lekki thieves who allegedly specialises in vandalizing vehicles parked at supermarkets, churches and events centers at Lekki Phase I and Victoria Island area of Lagos to steal properties inside.
Also charge alongside with them was a trader at the Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, Agu Chikezie, 38, for allegedly receiving stolen properties valued at N500,000 from the suspected thieves knowing that the properties were stolen.
According to the police, the suspects, Mukaila Atanda, 36, and Sunny Kamuli, 35, on 3 June, 2020 stormed Angle Villa premises at Lekki Phase I to vandalized a Vehicle belonging to Onyeabor Okafor to steal a bag containing laptop valued at N200,000; boss speaker, worth N30,000 and N22,000.
Police further alleged that the suspects on 25 June, 2020 smashed the side glass of a Toyota Prado SUV with registration number AKD 160 FT parked by the owner, Ogbeide Osazuwa at the DHL office premises at Lekki Phase I to gain access to steal Apple laptop valued at N600,000.
Police said the suspects on the same day went to No 38, Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island to vandalized the side glass of a Hyundai SUV with registration number, GEE 300 AA parked by the owner, Oluwaseun Ogunaike to steal a bag containing HP laptop valued at N600,000 and escaped to Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos with the stolen items to sell to a trader, Agu Chikezie.
Following the complaints by the victims, according to the police, a team led by SGT Ewa Ewa Abam swung into action and arrested the two suspects at a hide out in Lagos following a tip off and they led the Police to the Computer Village to arrest Chikezie, the alleged receiver of the stolen properties.
All the suspects were charged before the Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court on a five counts bordering on stealing and receiving stole properties.
Police Counsel, Inspector Cyriacus Osuji told the Court in charge No. C/70Q/2020 that the accused persons vandalized parked vehicles at Lekki and Victoria Island, Lagos to steal properties worth N1,404,000 and sold the stolen items to a trader, Agu Chikezie for N500,000 at the Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos.
Osuji said the offences the accused persons committed were punishable under sections 411, 287, 350 and 328(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and the Counsel to the defendants, Barr. Okedi Emmanuel prayed the Court to grant bail to the defendants in the most liberal conditions promising that they would not jump bail if granted.
The presiding Magistrate granted them bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
The case was adjourned till 29 July, 2020.