Three salesmen on Wednesday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, over alleged theft of their employer’s goods worth over N5 million.
The defendants – Ayomikun Lawal, 29; Abdul Mohammed, 31, and Francis Jetawo, 37 – are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Donjour Perezi, the defendants committed the offences on May 10 at CCD Store situated at No. 116, Ogudu Road, Ojota, Lagos.
He said the defendants had been in the service of their employer for a while and that the employer noticed that some goods had been missing since then.
Perezi said the defendants were caught by a close circuit camera installed in the store by its management.
He also said that the footage clearly showed the defendants stealing the goods on different days.
“Lawal stole goods worth N4, 020, 242, Mohammed stole goods worth N901, 659, while Jetawo stole goods worth N800, 000, all totaling N5, 721, 901, property of CCD store, Ogudu, Lagos,’’ he submitted.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 287(7) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 (7) prescribes a seven-year jail term for stealing employer’s goods, while Section 411 provides for two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy.
The Magistrate, Mrs Bukola Mogaji, admitted the defendants to bail of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
She said the sureties must be blood relations of the defendants and landed property owners.
Mogaji also ordered that they should be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until June 27 for mention.