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2 men in court for allegedly stealing cocoa worth N6.4m

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Lagos, April 16, 2019 Two men, Afeez Adegboyega and Ismaila Hamzat, on Tuesday appeared at an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing 81 bags of cocoa valued at N6.4 million.

Adegboyega, 26, and Hamzat, 34, who are facing trial for conspiracy and stealing, however, pleaded innocence to the charges.

The prosecutor, Insp. Jimah Iseghede, told the court that the defendants had committed the offences on Jan. 4 at Costain area of Lagos State.

He said that the defendants, who were assigned to deliver the goods worth N6.4 million and belonging to Olam Nigeria Ltd., could not account for how they got missing.

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

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sections 287 and 411 stipulate three-year jail term for offenders.

The magistrate, Mrs A.O. Salawu, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties each in like sum.

The case was adjourned until May 22 for trial.

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