An Uber driver, Abdulquadri Abdulmumumeen, was on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allaged assault and phone theft.
Abdulmumumeen had allegedly assaulted his passenger with a broken bottle and stole his iPhone valued at N610, 000.
The defendant, who resides in Salvation Estate in Ajah is charged with conspiracy, stealing and assault. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
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According to the prosecutor, Insp. Wasiu Dada, the court that the defendant committed the offence with some others who are at large on Dec. 12 at 8 p. m. in Ikeja. He submitted that the complainant booked an Uber from Gbagada to Lagos Island.
“The defendant drove to Maryland and informed the complainant that the fuel in the car was exhausted. Immediately the defendant stepped out of the car, some men accosted the complainant, injured him with a broken bottle and stole his two iPhones worth N610, 000. The complainant suspected the defendant to have orchestrated the attack and informed the police,” the prosecutor said.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A.K. Dosunmu, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Dosunmu ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years of tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 137, 287 and 411 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State 2015, (revised).
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