A 40-year-old trader, Sani Zubairu, was on Wednesday arraigned in a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court.
He was accused of stealing six bags of rice, NAN reports.
Zubairu, who resides at Kano Road in Kaduna, is facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor, Inspector Chidi Leo, told the court that the defendant committed the offense on October 12, at Kawo Market, Kaduna.
“On the same date, at about 2:00 p.m., the complainant, Mahmoud Ali, asked the defendant to help him look after his shop while he went to the bank.
“But while the complainant was away, the defendant conspired with two others now at large and stole six bags of rice valued at N252,000 from the shop,” the prosecutor told the court.
According to him, the offense contravened sections 234 and 271 of the Kaduna State Penal Code 2017.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Emmanuel said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Kaduna State Government.
The Magistrate adjourned the case till November 16 for a hearing.