Court Remands Job Applicants Over Alleged Motorcycle Theft

Five applicants were on Tuesday ordered to be remanded in a correctional center by an Upper Area Court in Karu in Abuja for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.

The police charged the defendants all of Wam village Apo, Abuja with criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, Assault and theft.

The defendants include: Abdulrahman Umar, Laiyau Abdullahi, Musa Abdullahi, Abdullahi Nafiu and Sefillahi Samaila.

The Judge, Malam Hassan Mohammed, deferred bail for the defendants and adjourned the case until March 20, for their sentence to be pronounced.

Mohammed ordered that the defendants be remanded in the Keffi Correctional Centre.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mr Edwin Ochayi, told the court that the matter was reported by Aminu Auwal of Apo resettlement, Abuja at Apo Police Station.

Ochayi  told the court that on Jan. 25, the 4th defendant disguised as genuine passenger, boarded the complainant’s bike to Gudu and from there to behind NNPC filling station with his Bajaj Motorcycle.

He said that he had conspired with others mentioned above that were using a white golf car.

The prosecutor said on getting to the filling station, the other accomplices came out of the white golf car and asked him to get down while they made away with the complainant’s motorcycle.

He  said in the process of the incident, a good Samaritan noticed the getaway and followed them with his car all the way to AYA where they were cornered and arrested.

Ochayi said during police investigation, through the information given by the defendant, his accomplices were also arrested and the motorcycle and the golf car used for the operation were also recovered.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provision of Sections 97, 312, 265 and 288 of the Penal Code.

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