A Lagos-based man, identified as Simeon Godwin, has been accused of stealing 200 empty crates of beer valued at N360,000.
NIGERIACRIME gathered that the 45-year-old man was arraigned on Monday by the Lagos State Police Command for the crime.
The accused appeared before Magistrate O.O. Adeosun of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court sitting in the Ogba area of Lagos State.
According to the police prosecutor, the offence was allegedly committed on January 29, 2022.
The charge read, “That you, Simeon Godwin, on January 29, 2022, around 7pm in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did steal 200 empty crates of 33 Lager Beer valued at N360,000, product of Nigeria Breweries, property of GPC Energy and Logistic Nigeria Limited, situated at 4B, Regina Coker Street, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 280 and punishable under Section 287 (5B) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
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The magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N200,000 with one responsible and reliable surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned till February 28, 2023, for mention.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army raided the Oshodi area of Lagos on Monday as part of the ongoing Exercise Still Water started in October 2022.
The military arm confirmed the arrest of 116 persons, including a number of suspects that were planning to go for attacks.
Locally made pistols, Indian hemp concealed, telephones suspected to have been stolen, hard drugs suspected to be Tramadol, and Automated Teller Machine cards, among others, were recovered.
Commander 9 Brigade, Brigadier General Isang Akpaumotia, said the areas covered included Railside, Brown Street, Araromi and others in Oshodi.
The General noted that all the suspects would be screened and those innocent would be released.
“Those found with drugs will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA; those found with weapons will be handed over to the Police,” he said.
Akpomutia disclosed troops of Exercise Still Water were conducting similar raids in the Festac and Mile 2 areas of the state.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 9 Brigade, Major A.K. Bello, said the exercise seeks to curb criminalities in Lagos.
The spokesperson confirmed “close to 80 persons” had been freed as nothing incriminating was found on them.