The police have arraigned a 35-year old mechanic, Kasim Rasaki, of Ado Village, Nasarawa State in a Senior Magistrates’ court for alleged criminal breach of trust and car theft.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, told the court that Mrs. Chizoba Whyte of Lokota Street, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja, reported the matter at the Wuse Police Station, Abuja, on December 20.
He said that the accused introduced himself as a mechanic and fraudulently deceived Whyte into believing that he could repair her car but ended up stealing the car.
Adamu said Rasaki collected the complainant’s vehicle, a Toyota Camry with registration no: AW 553 GWA, valued at N1.8 million.
The prosecutor said that the battery of the car, the jack and the stereo head were recovered from the accused during investigation, an offence which contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 287 of Penal Code.
After the charges were read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor prayed the court not to grant the accused bail because investigations were still ongoing.
The Magistrate, Mr. Aliyu Shafa, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with a surety in a like sum.
Shafa said he granted the bail because the accused had spent two weeks in police detention.
He ordered that the surety must swear to an affidavit with the court’s registrar and must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction as he adjourned the case to February 5, for further hearing.