A trader,

Shadrach, a resident of Onitsha in Anambra, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, Insp. Peter Nwangwu, told the court that the accused with others at large conspired and stole a container load of car stereos valued at N9 million being property of Mr Chinasa Uzowuru.

“The accused provided an empty container to the complainant where he loaded the said goods.

“The accused assured the complainant then that the container was travelling to Onitsha in Anambra.

“Shadrach later diverted the container load back to Lagos and offloaded the goods in a warehouse at Ladipo, Mushin area of Lagos State, and sold all the goods,’’ Nwangwu said.

He said that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 2, at about 10.30 a.m. at Mushin.

Nwangwu said that the accused converted the proceeds from the sales to his personal use and absconded until he was apprehended by the police.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Chief Magistrate Y.O. Aje-Afunwa granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa ruled that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until July 31 for service of proof of evidence.