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Court jails 53yr-old-man, 21yrs for stealing truck loaded with fuel

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Court jails 53yr-old-man, 21yrs for stealing truck loaded with 40 litres fuelRobbery.By Joy AkinsanyaAbeokuta, March 2,2021 (NAN) An Abeokuta High Court, on Tuesday, sentenced a 53-year-old man Austine Kalu, to 21 years imprisonment for stealing truck loaded with 40 litres of fuel.Kalu, who was convicted on a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery, had pleaded not guilty to the offences at the beginning of the trial.However, delivering her judgment, Justice Ayokunle Rotimi-Balogun, said that all the evidences tendered had convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that the convict committed the offences as charged.She thereafter sentenced kalu, to 21 years to the correctional service centre.At the trial, the Prosecution Counsel, Mrs Oluwabunmi Akinola,senior state counsel, had told the court that the convict committed the offences on April 14, 2014 at Ayetoro, Mowe  area of OgunShe said that the convict and other still  now at large, while armed with guns and cuttlass conspired and robbed Flash Oil and Gas company.
Akinola, further explained that the convict and his accomplice, invaded the premises of Flash Oil and Gas Company and took away 40,000 liters capacity truck with Reg no XQ 81 LSD valued N10million.She added that the truck stolen was loaded with 40 liters petrol valued N3.8millionShe said the case was reported to the police station, while during investigation the truck was later found at Ibadan toll gate and the convict was apprehended, while his other accomplice escaped.Akinola, however, said that the offences contravened Section 6(b) and 1(2)( a) of the Robbery and Firearms (special provisions) Act, Cap Rll, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. 

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