Employee in Court for Allegedly Stealing ₦6.2m

An employee of Embassy Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services, Lagos, Jonathan Odize, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates' Court for allegedly stealing N6.2 million from the company.

Odize, 34, who reside at No. 4 Tim Unity Road, Ikeja, is facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, ASP Samson Ekikere, told the court that the offences were committed within the months of May, June, July, August, September and November.

Ekikere said the accused was responsible for receiving money from customers and remit it to the company account.

He said Odize worked at No. 7, Olayinka Bamgbose Street, a branch of Embassy Dry cleaning and laundry services.

“Odize systematically siphoned the company resources by failing to keep payment records and converting payments to his personal use.

“He connived with a co-employee, identified as Angela Adah, to steal a total sum of N6,242,330 belonging to Embassy Dry cleaning company,’’ Ekikere said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 285, 312 and 326 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, granted bail to the in the sum of one million naira with two sureties in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa ordered that the sureties should provide evidence of tax payment and adjourned the case till Feb. 8, for mention.

Two in Court for Alleged ₦3.7m Fraud
Similarly, the police in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday arraigned two persons Lekan Fadahunsi, 29, and Henry Johnson,24, in an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates' Court for internet fraud.

The Prosecutor, Insp.Caleb Leranmo, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on Feb.12 at Ado-Ekiti.

Leranmo said that the accused persons unlawfully obtained N3.7 million through internet fraud.

He said the offence contravened Section 419 of the Criminal Code of Ekiti State 2012.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty.

The defence counsel, Mr Chris Omokhafe, urged the court to grant bail to his clients, adding that they would not jump bail.

Magistrate Ropo Adegboye granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100,00 with two sureties in like sum.

He adjourned the case till Dec.7, for further hearing.

Police Arraign Estate Developer
In another related development, the police on Thursday arraigned, Adamu Mu’azu, an estate developer, in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court for alleged criminal breach of trust and cheating.

Mu’azu, who resides in Nyanya, Abuja, was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating.

Prosecutor Osa Oyeyemi said that one Gbenga Adeyemi of Lugbe, Abuja, wrote a petition to the Assistant Inspector General of Police zone 7 on Oct.22.

Oyeyemi said the accused collected N10 million from the complainant for sale of his land situated at lokogoma,Abuja.

“The complainant, while waiting for the land documents, found out that the said land which was sold to the him by the accused does not belong to the accused.”

He said that the complainant confronted the accused to refund his money, but the accused gave him a dud cheque and kept on avoiding him.

Oyeyemi noted that the offences contravened Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Shuaibu Ahmed, granted bail to the accused in the sum of two million naira with a surety each in like sum.

Ahmed said the surety should reside within the court’s jurisdiction, and adjourned the case till Nov. 26 for hearing.