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A dispatch rider, Ayokunle Akinniranye, 47, facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing on Friday, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

The defendant was arraigned for allegedly stealing his employer’s $10,000 (N4.5 million).

The Prosecutor, Rachael Williams, alleged that the defendant with others still at large, committed the offences on January 29 at about 12.00 p.m. on Maduke St., Off Awolowo Road, Ik oyi Lagos.

She told the court that the defendant allegedly stole the money belonging to Desroto Trust and Investment Ltd. his employer, which he was  asked to take to a commercial Bank in Ikoyi for lodgement.

She further alleged that the defendant stole one Degab motorcycle with registration number FKJ 888 QB, property of Alpha-Beta Consulting Company Ltd.

“The defendant absconded with the money and the company’s dispatched motorcycle.

“Efforts made to reach the defendant proved futile,’’ the prosecutor told the court.

She said the offences contravened sections 280, 287(7) and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, M.O. Dawodu, admitted the defendant to N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Mr Dawodu held that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned to July 14 for mention.

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