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Housekeeper docked over alleged theft of employer’s jewelley, valuables worth N2.4m



A 31-year-old housekeeper, Friday Ochai, was on Tuesday arraigned in an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court,  Lagos, for allegedly stealing his employer’s jewellery, and other items worth N2.4 million.

Ochai, who lives at the employer’s house, at No. 3B, Reeve Road, Ikoyi, is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Cyriacus Osuji, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences between June 1 and June 19, at 1 p.m., at No. 3B, Reeve Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He said that the defendant stole his employer’s Raymond Weird watch, worth N1 million, a travelling bag worth N30, 000, motor parts worth N700, 000 and jewellery worth N540, 000.

“Other items stolen were generator batteries and charger valued at N50, 000, bed sheets worth N30, 000, sets of towels and hot drinks worth N20, 000, belonging to one Irene Igbokwe.’’

He said the total value of the items stolen was N2.4 million.

Osuji said that the offences contravened Sections 287 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs M. O. Ope-Agbe granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with one surety in like sum.

She said the surety must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.