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Man Steals N17m Goods From Employer

A 27-year-old man named Abey Johnson was brought before the Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State by the Lagos State Police Command on Friday. He is accused of stealing electronics and other items worth N17m. The defendant faced two charges of stealing and appeared before Magistrate O. Y Adefope, who was standing in for L.Y Balogun.

During the court proceedings, the police prosecutor, Haruna Magaji, filling in for Chekwube Okeh, informed the court that the defendant committed the theft on April 16, 2023, at approximately 7pm. The location of the crime was at No. 41/43, Chris Idowu Street, off Oke Bus Stop, Ejigbo, Lagos State.

Johnson was employed as a security guard at a shop owned by Oyetunji Atunwa. Together with accomplices, he stole the items and subsequently sold them to unidentified individuals. The prosecutor stated that these actions violated Sections 411 and 287 (5) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015, and the defendant could be held accountable for these offenses.

 The charge read, “That you, Abey Johnson, and others at large, on or before April 16, 2023, around 7pm at No. 41/43, Chris Idowu Street, off Oke Bus Stop, Ejigbo, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 411 of the criminal law of Lagos state of Nigeria 2015.

 “That you, Abey Johnson, and others at large, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did steal eight indoor air conditioners, five 32 inches LG Television, one swimming pool engine, two rolls of sandpaper, 100 empty paint bucket, one medium size domestic generator, two rolls of masking tape and four 2-in-1 solar security lights valued at N17m property of Oyetunji Atunwa and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 287 (5) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.”

Contrarily, the accused entered a plea of not guilty in response to the charges leveled against him.

Magistrate Adefope granted the defendant bail, setting the amount at N150,000 and requiring two sureties who can provide the same sum.

Furthermore, Adefope scheduled the next court hearing for July 3, 2023, for the purpose of mention.

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