Two people, Emmanuel Choice and Ojuola Akande, were sentenced to three months in prison on Thursday by a magistrate court in Isabo, Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State, for stealing engine parts from a truck that belonged to the Dangote Cement Transport firm.
In a separate decision, the court also gave one Olaiya Abdulrahman a six-month prison term for reckless driving that caused one Olusegun Olusanya to suffer injuries.
The prosecutor, Lawrence Olu-Balogun, noted that on August 22, 2023, Emmanuel and Ojuola stole two sets of tires, two sets of rims, and one drum hub from the trailer body marked DT/7579/CH worth N976,715.00 that belonged to Dangote Cement Transport, Ibese.
He pointed out that the defendants broke Sections 516 and 383 of the Criminal Code Vol. II Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2004, by committing offenses that were nearly felonies, such as theft.
The charge read in part, “That you Emmanuel Choice ‘M’, Ojuola Akande ‘M’ and one other now at large on 22nd of August, 2023 at about 03:00hrs at Dangote Cement Transport Premises, Ibese, in the Ayetoro Magisterial District did conspire within yourself to Commit Felony To Wit Stealing and thereby Committed an Offence Contrary to and Punishable Under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Vol. II Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2004.
“That you Emmanuel Choice ‘M’, Ojuola Akande ‘M’ and one other now at large on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did steal Four Tyres, Four Rims and Four Drum Hub from Trailer body marked DT/7736/CH and Two Tyres, Two Rims, one Drum Hub from Trailer body marked DT/7579/CH valued Nine Hundred and Seventy-Six Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifteen Naira (N976,715.00k) only property of Dangote Cement Transport, Ibese, and thereby Committed an Offence Contrary to Section 383 and Punishable Under Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Vol. II Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2004.”
In a similar vein, Olu-Balogun pointed out that on August 12, 2023, Abdulrahman slammed into 53-year-old Onasanya while driving carelessly along Afami Road in Ogun State’s Yewa-North local government area, causing the victim to sustain body injuries.
According to Olu-Balogun, the Federal High Way Act, CAP 135 of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which is applicable in Ogun State, has sections 6(1) and 13(1)(a) that Abdulraham violated and is penalized for in that state.
The charge read in part, “That you OLAIYA ABDULRAHMAN ‘M’ on the 12th of August, 2023 at about 12;30hrs. at Dangote Afami Road, in the Ayetoro Magisterial District, being the Driver in Charge of a Toyota Hilux pickup van with Reg. No. 001 did drive the şaid vehicle on the Public Road in a manner which was dangerously, recklessly and knocked down one Onasanya Olusegun ‘m’ 53 yrs a security operative at Dangote Cement Transport, Ibese, as such caused bodily injuries including broken ribs and shoulder bone into the said Onasanya Olusegun ‘m’ and thereby committed an offence contrary to and Punishable under Section 6 (1) of the Federal High Way Act CAP 135 of Federation of Nigeria, 2004, Applicable in Ogun State.
“That you OLAIYA ABDULRAHMAN ‘M’ on the same date, time and place in the Aforementioned Magisterial District being the Driver of the said Vehicle did cause bodily injuries to one Onasanya Olusegun ‘m’ but failed to stop or attend to the injured person so as to procure for him medically attention nor report the accident to the nearest Police Station, and thereby Committed an offence Contrary to Section 13 (1) (a) (c) and punishable under Section 13 (2) of the Federal High Way Act CAP 135 of Federation (of Nigeria, 2004, Applicable in Ogun State.”
To the two-count charge levied against them, all of the defendants entered pleas of guilty.
Chief Magistrate E. O. Idowu, who delivered the judgment, found the defendants guilty of the offenses and sentenced Emmanuel and Ojuola to three months in prison without the possibility of a fine, while Abdulrahman received a six-month sentence with the possibility of a N10,000 fine if he could pay N200,000 to the victim who had been injured.