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Salesboy arraigned over alleged theft of recharge cards

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 Salesman arraigned over alleged theft of telephone recharge cards

Ochigbo, who is a resident of Oworonshoki  in Lagos State, is facing a count charge of stealing.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in May at No. 35, Queens Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to her, the defendant was a salesman at a recharge card production company.

Olaluwoye told the court that the defendant had been reducing the recharge cards he was  supplying to the complainant, Miss Comfort Udoh.

She said that Udoh had not been cross-checking her stock book and had not noticed the N209,000 card theft until the defendant claimed that she was owing.

“My lord, he had been reducing the recharge cards and the complainant did not notice.

“It was when he began to claim that she was still owing him N2,000 that she decided to go back to her stock book and confirm.

“She discovered that throughout the month of May, all that defendant’s supplied did not tally with the money she paid him.

“It was his employer, Mr Stephen Ekpe, who took him to the station, where he confessed; we intend to tender his confession during trial,” Olaluwoye said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that stealing contravenes Section 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015, and is punishable with three years” imprisonment.

Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghere admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the defendant and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Oghere added that the sureties must be gainfully employed and possess  evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until Aug. 7 for mention.

Edited by Ijeoma Popoola

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Salesboy docked for allegedly stealing N1.3m from employer to play bet9ja

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Lagos, April 18, 2019 The police on Thursday arraigned a 21-year-old salesboy, Wareez Hammed, in a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing N1.3 million from his employer to play bet9ja.

Hammed, a resident of Dopemu area of Lagos, is charged with theft.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Dec. 18, 2018, at No. 37, Adebiyi Ayopo str., Dopemu-Agege, Lagos.

He told the court that the defendant was employed by the complainant, Mr Omotosho Akeem, as a sales boy in his building materials warehouse.

Oriabure alleged that the defendant had been stealing money realised from the sales and placing bets on bet9ja platform.

He said that the defendant in the last  two months, stole a total of N1.3 million from the proceeds of sales.

When he was questioned by the complainant, the prosecutor aid that the defendant apologised and later tried to abscond with some more money.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of  Section 287 (7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (Revised)

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287(7) prescribes a seven-year jail term for the offence of stealing from one’s employer, upon conviction.

Magistrate Oluwatoyin Ojuromi admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that both sureties must be gainfully employed with their addresses verified by the court.

Ojuromi also ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until May 27 for mention.

 

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