A 30 -year-old driver, Tope Alesinloye, who allegedly bolted with alcoholic drinks valued at N554,000, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, who resides at Ifo area of Ogun, is facing a charge of stealing.
Alesinloye pleaded not guilty of the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs. O.J Awope, granted the accused N200,000 bail, with two sureties in like sum.
Awope said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Nov. 8 at Ogba, Lagos.
He said that the accused absconded with 168 crates of Gulder lager beer worth N554, 000, property of Fafem Haulage Nigeria Ltd.
The prosecutor said that the accused was supposed to deliver the drinks to a customer at Yaba, Lagos.
“On his way, he diverted the truck to an unknown customer where he sold the drinks.
“The accused abandoned the truck and ran to Ekiti.
“He was later arrested and handed over to the police,’’ he said.
The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised).
The accused risks three years in prison, if found guilty of stealing according to the provisions of Section 287.
The case was adjourned until Jan.19 for mention.