Ikeja, March 21, 2019 A Shop Assistant, Owolabi Sikirulahi, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court over alleged theft of valuables worth N265,000, belonging to his employer.

Sikirulahi, 24, who resides at No. 20, Adamo, Ikorodu, Lagos, is being tried for stealing.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Dada Oluwaseun, alleged that Sikirulahi committed the offence sometime in October 2018 at the New African Shrine, Agidingbi, Ikeja.

Oluwaseun alleged that the defendant stole valuables belonging to the complainant, Mr Emmanuel Asuoha.

He alleged that the defendant stole a Rolex gold watch valued at N75,000; a Cartier silver watch valued at N55,000 and a storm watch valued at N65,000.

“The defendant also stole face caps valued at N30,000; bangles and jewellery valued at N40,000, totalling N265,000 from the employer.

“Sikirulahi, who had been working for the complainant for quite some time, stole the items from the shop and disappeared.

“The complainant reported the case to the police and the defendant was apprehended after an investigation,’’ Oluwaseun said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates seven-year jail term for stealing from one’s employer.

The Magistrate, Mrs A. K. Dosumu, granted the defendant a bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties should be gainfully employed and should show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until April 10, for mention.