Faced with the law, a suspect has pleaded not guilty to two counts of stealing as he faced prosecution for the alleged offence at a Port-Harcourt Magistrate Court – Court 17 – presided by Chief Magistrate Betty Sunny-Hart, Esq.
In court for the trial was a 40-year-old suspect, Aduwa Usman, who is being accused of stealing a set of tanker cupplers.
He was arraigned on December 14, 2021 and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The two counts said: “That you Aduwa Usman ‘m’ and others now at large on the 2nd day of December, 2021 at Iriebe, Port-Harcourt in the Port-Harcourt Magisterial District did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: Stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 (A) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.
“That you Aduwa Usman ‘m’ and others now at large on the same date and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District did steal one set of tanker cupplers valued fifty thousand naira (50,000.00) only, property of one Daniel Ogbu ‘m’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.”
The suspect who was granted bail pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read.
The prosecuting officer, Insp Wilson Isaiah, represents the Rivers State Police Command.
With charge number PMC/1911c/2021, the case is between the Commissioner of Police and the suspect.
It was adjourned to 11, 14 and 18 January for further trial.