Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Police nab storekeeper for stealing employer’s N5.6 million goods

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge

• February 8, 2024
A man in handcuffs used to illustrate the story
A man in handcuffs used to illustrate the story

A 25-year-old storekeeper, Akinbode Gbolahan, who allegedly conspired and stole goods worth over N5 million from his employer’s warehouse, was on Thursday arraigned before the Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The police charged Mr Gbolahan, who resides in the Lagos Island area of Lagos, with conspiracy and theft.

The prosecution counsel, ASP Ben Ekudayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on December 23 at Jyke Company, Dosumu Street, Lagos Island.

He said the defendant, a storekeeper who works for Ejike Nwafor, the complainant, conspired with some others and stole goods worth N5.6 million.

“The complainant said that when he closed from his shop around 7 pm, a shop owner, who is his neighbour, called to tell him one of the gates to his warehouse wasn’t locked.

“He said he called the defendant, who is the storekeeper managing his warehouse, to go back and lock the gate. He came to the shop the next day to discover the gate was still not locked as he had instructed; the defendant never came back to lock it.

“The defendant never showed up and could not be reached on the phone until he was arrested,” the prosecutor said.

The offence, he said, contravened sections 287(7) and 411 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The section 287 (7)provides seven years imprisonment for servants stealing from their masters.

Magistrate M.E. Owumi admitted the defendant to N500,000 bail with two responsible sureties in like sum.

The magistrate said the sureties must show evidence of gainful employment.

He adjourned the case until February 29 for mention.

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State

Politics

Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Gavel

States

Police prosecutes three suspected Kaduna street gang members

The police recovered three cutlasses and one fork knife from the suspects.

Cubana Chief Priest

Anti-Corruption

Businessman Cubana Chief Priest secures N10 million bail

The court adjourned the case until May 2, for hearing of the preliminary objection.

Lagos Blue Rail Line

Lagos

Lagos, Ogun in talks over possible extension of Blue Rail Line to Agbara

Mr Okusaga said that the project was to be completed in three years.

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

States

NSCDC commandant seeks increased vigilance to boost security in Kwara

Mr Mohammed said the NSCDC will work tirelessly to address security challenges in the Kwara community.

Court Gavel

States

Businessman bags one year jail for stealing car gearbox worth 200,000

The prosecutor said the convict was caught while trying to sell the stolen item.