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Uber driver charged with theft of church’s N12m equipment

A Uber driver, Richmond Temple, found possessing N12million church hardware having a place with The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), has showed up under the steady gaze of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. Sanctuary, 33, was summoned by the police on a four-tally charge of connivance, breaking, entering and taking.

Indicting Sergeant Friday Mameh claimed that the respondent and associates, who are on the run, submitted the offenses at about 3am on August 9, 2019 at TREM (Restoration Parish) Chevron Drive in Eti-Osa Local Government Area, Lagos.

“The litigant and others everywhere did break and enter The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM). They stole three intensifiers, three electronic consoles, one PC phone, computerized comfort and one CD printer, all esteemed at N5million.

“At about 4am, same day, at Ikate Roundabout in Eti Osa LGA, the litigant was found possessing suspected stolen things in his vehicle, including: two Samsung Plasma TVs, one Wharefedric Pro MP 2800, one Yamaha console, two Peak Monitors, MOSFET 2000 expert power enhancer, one saxophone, two low pitch guitars, all esteemed at N7milion,” Mameh said.

He said Temple couldn’t give a tasteful reaction to inquiries at the Ilasan Police Station.

As indicated by Mameh, the offenses contradicted Sections 287, 311 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. Sanctuary argued not blameworthy.

His direction, O. Bridget, connected for his bail “in the most liberal terms.” Bridget told the court that the respondent was an upstanding, dedicated family man, who erroneously grabbed hoodlums in his vehicle.

She stated: “The litigant is a Uber driver, who, over the span of his obligation, was contracted by two men to move their products. He didn’t have any acquaintance with them from anyplace and didn’t realize the gear were stolen.” She included that the men fled when police halted the vehicle, leaving the respondent to confront the results.”

In a seat administering, Magistrate B. I. Bakare allowed Temple N50, 000 bail with two sureties in the like aggregate, among different conditions. The case proceeds on September 19.

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