Two men, Philip Odi and Moses Shom, who allegedly stole a cutting machine valued at N300, 000 from the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), were on Friday arraigned in Lagos.

Odi, 25, and Shom, 24, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, who both reside in the Ijora area of Lagos State, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

According to the prosecutor, Insp. Essien Ndarake, the accused committed the offences on May 12 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

He said that the accused, who worked at the electrical department of CCECC, conspired and stole the cutting machine.

“The accused were caught when they were trying to sneak out with the machine through a broken fence,’’ the prosecutor said.

Ndarake said the offences contravened Sections 285 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused may be jailed for three years, if found guilty of stealing, according to the provisions of Section 285.

The case was adjourned until June 5, for mention. (NAN)


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