A security guard who beat a salesgirl to coma and stole goods worth N2.1 million has been arrested and charged to court by the police in Lagos.
The suspect who worked as a security guard in the Mushin area, it was gathered, had reportedly visited the shop, Finest Couture Boutique, on June 20, 2016, on the pretext that he wanted to buy jeans, shirts, and shoes, and while negotiating the prices of the items with the salesgirl identified as Juliet Aghedo, he was said to have lured her into a corner in the shop and squeezed her neck until she passed out.
Okoh then carted away a lady's bag, 56 pairs of jeans, 36 pieces of women leggings, 15 shirts, 13 wristwatches and four mobile phones, all valued at the amount, and escaped from the shop before the lady regained consciousness.
It was the owner of the shop, a lawyer identified as Francisca Osomiha, who made the matter known to the police through a petition she wrote to the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni.
According to the petition, Okoh, an indigene of Delta State, had earlier visited the shop on June 16, and pretended he wanted to buy jeans but left without buying anything because the price he quoted did not meet the going price for the items.
However, before he left, he gave the shop attendant his phone number, promising to call when he had enough money on him.
Two days later, he called Aghedo on the phone that he was around the shop to buy the goods but did not show up till the shop closed for the day.
Then on June 20, just as Aghedo was opening for the day, Okoh entered the shop, pretending he had come to buy the goods.
He then lured the lady into the inner shop where he knew nobody would hear her screams, held her neck till she lost consciousness, before packing away the items, including a cash of N280,000, cash not knowing that the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) installed in the shop had captured him.
The police used the phone number he had left and his image captured by the CCTV and traced him to his hideout where he was nabbed.
In his confessional statement to the police, Okoh said he sold the stolen items to one Francis at Computer Village, Ikeja, adding that he took to stealing sometime in 2010 while in Benin, Edo State.
“I am a security guard at Mushin. I have been robbing at plazas in Ikotun for some time now. I sold the jeans I stole on that day to Francis at Computer Village for N1,000 a pair. He bought four pairs of canvas for N2,500 each. I was introduced to stealing when I was in Benin.”
When he was arraigned in court, the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O. Olanipekun, refused to take his plea, ordering that he be remanded in prison till November 17, 2016, when the case will be determined.