How Greedy Driver Absconded With Truck & N25m Goods

The Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad, Adeniji-Adele, Lagos, has charged a driver, Garuba Lawal, with the theft of Chivita products and a truck, valued at N25million.

36yrs old Garuba of Olorunsogo in Kwara State, was arraigned before Mrs. Abimbola Komolafe of an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

According to Prosecuting Sgt. Friday Mameh, the driver, an employee of a haulage firm, was asked to convey a truck laden with Chivita juices and beverages from Lagos to Benin, Edo State.

The defendant left Lagos on May 4, 2016 but allegedly diverted and sold the goods and truck.

The haulage firm allegedly tracked the truck on its tracking device to Kwara State. It reported the incident to FSARS which allegedly traced the defendant to his home town.

Mameh said the goods were worth N12 million while the Renault truck marked DKA 354XG was valued at N13,000,000.

The offence, Mameh added, contravened sections 287(5)(a)(b)&(c) and 411 of the Criminal Law.

Garuba pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Komolafe granted him N5m bail with two sureties in the like sum. He will remain pending when he meets his bail condition. The case continues on November 13.