A commercial bus driver, Obinna Obasi, was sentenced to one month imprisonment for stealing a police officer’s wallet containing some items, including N33,000 and $20.
The Magistrate, Mrs Ope Agbe, who sentenced Obasi, said he was guilty as charged, following his plea of guilty.
Agbe sentenced him to one month imprisonment without an option of fine.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Cyriacus Osuji, had told the court that Obasi committed the offence on August 28 at Chevron Roundabout, Ajah, Lagos.
Osuji said that Obasi drove his commercial bus, marked LSD 61 XT, dangerously and damaged an SUV marked FKJ 916 AP, which belongs to Ms Nneka James, a Superintendent of Police.
Osuji told the court that Obasi had pleaded with the complainant to follow him to his panel beater to fix the SUV for him.
He said that the complainant agreed and carried the accused at the back seat of her car to the panel beater’s shop.
“On getting to the panel beater’s shop, the accused told the complainant that he needed to visit a bank to collect money in order to pay the panel beater.
“The accused ran away and abandoned the complainant at the panel beater’s shop.
“The complainant later found out that the wallet she kept at the back seat and its contents were missing.
“The wallet contained a driver licence, Voter Card, Retired SPO ID card, three ATM cards, N33, 000 and 20 dollars,” Osuji said.
He said that the offence contravened Section 287(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.