The Police in Ebonyi State on Friday arraigned a Lebanese, Antoine Alromi and three others in a Magistrate Court, Abakaliki District, for allegedly stealing three transformers belonging to his company, Lana Construction Company limited.
The Lebanese and the second accused person, Benjamin Offia, according to court records, allegedly stole the three transformers in July this year.
The first charges read: “That you Antoine Alromi and Offia Benjamin and others at large sometimes in the month of July 2017, at Abakaliki in the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to with stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 A (a) of the Criminal Court, Cap 33, vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State 2009.”
“That you Antoine Alromi and Offia Benjamin in the same date, place and in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did steal two 1.5kva transformer valued at three million, five hundred thousand naira each, total value of property stolen, seven million naira only, property of Lana Construction Company Limited and thereby committed am offence punishable under section 390 (6) of the Criminal code, cap 33, vol 1, laws of Ebonyi State 2009.”
The other two suspects Messrs Malachi Ogbodo and Gregory Friday Ndukwu were accused of unlawfully buying and receiving the stolen transformers from Alromi.
While Ogbodo was accused of buying and receiving one transformer at N1 million, Gregory allegedly bought and received two of the stolen transformers at N1.5m.
When the matter came up for hearing, the counsel to the second, third, and fourth respondents, Gabriel Onyibe, urged the court to grant them bail on liberal terms as they were well known citizens of the community.