Four men have been arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing 356 bags of cashew nuts worth N25million from a businessman identified as Tajudeen Salimon.
The accused – Azeez Raimi, Olufemi Kayode, Adeboye Bakare, and Tunde Hassan, residents of Agege, Lagos, were charged with conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen goods.
The prosecutor, Simeon Imhonwa, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 17, at Ijora Badia, Apapa, Lagos.
He alleged that Raimi and Kayode, who worked as drivers for the complainant, absconded with 356 bags of cashew nuts, which they were supposed to deliver to a customer.
Imhonwa alleged that the drivers, instead of delivering the goods to the customer, diverted them to another location, where they were received by their co-conspirators, Bakare and Hassan.
He said the customer notified the complainant when he did not receive the nuts.
The prosecutor said Salimon, who had no idea that his drivers had stolen the goods, told the customer that his workers had delivered the nuts to him.
He added that when the complainant eventually discovered that his drivers had stolen the goods, he reported the matter to the police and the accused were arrested.
Imhonwa said the offence contravened sections 287, 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.