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  • Updated: April 16, 2024

Dispatch rider lands in court over theft of gold jewellery

Dispatch rider lands in court over theft of gold jewellery

Police in Lagos charged a 29-year-old dispatch rider, Chigaemezu Kingsley before Surulere Chief Magistrates' Court with allegedly stealing gold jewellery worth N2.7 million on Tuesday. 

Chigaemezu, who lives at No. 8, Muyiwa Close, Off Ajayi Road, Ikeja Lagos, was tried on two counts of acquiring by false pretence and theft.

The prosecutor, Insp. Courage Ekhueorohan informed the court that the suspect committed the offences on April 2 at Aguda, Lagos Magisterial District.

According to Ekhueorohan, Chigaemezu stole a parcel containing N2.7 million in gold jewellery intended for delivery to a client in Sangotedo Ajah.

He stated that when attempts to find Chigaemezu failed, the complainant, Bunmi Agbaje, who used the rider's services, reported the situation at the station. 

The acts, Ekhueorohan stated, contravened sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

However, the Magistrate, Sanusi Adagun, granted bail to the suspect in the sum of N1 million, with two responsible sureties in similar sum.

She directed that one of the the sureties must be a blood connection and must present evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government, as she delayed the issue to April 18 for substantive trial.

In a related report, the Lagos Rapid Response Squad, RRS, a detachment of the Lagos State Police Command, has arrested a dispatch rider for selling three iPhones worth N1.7 million that were entrusted to him for delivery.

The rider, Matthew Odah, 27, also known as Mr Lemon, was apprehended at Alpha Beach in Lagos after eight months on the run. He was caught with the two purchasers, and one of the iPhones was retrieved. This was revealed in a message posted on the Command's X account on Sunday.

According to the statement, Odah collected one iPhone 14 ProMax (128 GB) and two iPhone 11 (128 and 68 GB) for delivery to a client in Lekki, Lagos, while working as a despatch rider on August 23, 2023. Odah was accused of bolting and turning off his phone after collecting the consignment.

However, police claimed a careful inquiry into the incident led to his arrest at Lemon Bus Stop, Alpha Beach, Lagos, and that the suspect admitted to selling the three iPhones in Obalende for N300,000. It was revealed that the accused would be arraigned after the investigation was completed.    

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