Two car dealers, Chidiebere Chrysller and Nnamdi Ogbuehi, on Thursday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly receiving a stolen vehicle worth N3.5 million.
Chrysler, 28, and Nnamdi, 36, both residents of Alapere, Ketu, Lagos, were arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on receiving stolen property.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Donjour Perezi, told the court that the defendants committed the offences in April at Alausa Close, Off Emmanuel Street, Alapere, Ketu, Lagos.
Perezi said that the defendants and an accomplice, Pascal Ogbuehi, still at large, fraudulently obtained a red Honda Accord from the complainant, Mr Chinedu Anukem.
“Chrysller received the said Honda Accord valued at N3.5 million from Paschal Ogbuehi,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the car belonged to the complainant, Mr Chinedu Anukem, adding that the defendants knew that the car was stolen.
“The defendants were apprehended by the police while trying to sell the car,” he said.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 94, 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 328 provides for a seven-year jail term for receiving stolen property.
Magistrate Bukola Mogaji granted each of the defendants N300,000 bail with two sureties each in like sum.
She adjourned the case until Dec. 16, for mention.