In Lagos 2 men docked for alleged stealing

The accused are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

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Two men, Dada Samuel, 30 and Kingsley Pete, 23, on Friday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly stealing N400,000 cash and Coca- cola crates worth N1.2 million.

Samuel of Lone St. and Peter of Oduduwa St., both in Oworonshoki, Lagos state are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Ihiehie Lucky, told the court that the offences were committed on Nov. 17 at Ogo-Oluwa St, Oworonshoki in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state.

Lucky said the complainant, a dealer of coca-cola product situated in Oworonshoki, employed the accused persons and two others as salesmen for the product.

“The complainant reported that Samuel, who was the manager, had on Nov. 16 collected all the proceeds made that day from the other salesmen and did not remit it into the company’s account.

“They were all arrested and interrogated.

“Samuel made a confessional statement that the other three salesmen gave him their money and he kept it in his office.

“He said he could not find the money where he kept it the following day so as to take it to the bank,’’ the prosecutor told the court.

He said that Samuel was the only person who closed the office for the day and that there was no case of burglary.

Lucky further told the court that the complainant had asked him, a day before, if the money was safe in his office and he said yes.

Meanwhile during police investigation, Lucky said it was discovered that Samuel and Peter, who is the company driver, had conspired to sell some coca-cola empty crates valued at N1.2 million.

“Samuel’s house was searched and the bag containing the stolen money was recovered along with some other company properties,’’ prosecutor told the court.

He said the offences contravened Sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused persons pleaded guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat, admitted the accused persons to bail of N50,000 with two sureties each.

She added that one of the sureties must be a blood relative and adjourned the case to Dec. 6.

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