Man Remanded Over N30m Gold Theft


A man, Solomon John, 28 has been remanded in prison custody by a Tapa Magistrate’s Court, Lagos Island, for allegedly stealing jewellery worth N30 million.

In the three-count charge, the police prosecutor alleged that Solomon in June this year broke into K4 Goshen Estate, Lekki in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Nigeria and stole a set of gold and diamond jewellery worth N30 million.

He was later apprehended by policemen from Maroko Police Division and docked.

Count three of the charge reads: “That you, Solomon John and others now at large on the same date, time and place broke into House K4, Goshen Estate, Lekki, Ajah, Lagos to steal gold earrings, sets of diamond earrings, sets of pearls, chains, gold necklace, bangles, hand chains, gold beads, rings and wrist watches, worth N30m.

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When the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty and the trial magistrate, Mrs. J. O. Akinkugbe admitted him on bail in the sum of N1 million and two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, she ordered, must show evidence of tax payment for three years to the Lagos State Government.

The matter was later adjourned for mention.

But Solomon could not meet the bail conditions and was remanded in prison custody on the order of the magistrate.

—Paul Iyoghojie

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