13th April, 2011
Policemen attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, Adiniji Adele, Lagos Island, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, have arraigned two security guards before the Igbosere Magistrateâ€™s Court, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria for allegedly breaking into the office of the former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke and stealing properties worth millions of naira.
The police alleged that the accused, Patrick Onabe and Illiya Yunana, recruited by a private security firm, conspired to break into the office of Mr. Duke to steal a medium-size metal fireproof safe containing N51,000, $22,700 and 12 Pounds Sterling, $500, one keyboard, valued at $90, wine, valued at N2,000, Toshiba laptop, valued at N45,000, another laptop valued at N52,000 and HP laptop valued at N145,000 and escaped to Kuramo Beach to sell the items and shared the money.
The theft occurred on 2 September, 2010 at 1, Club Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
The police further alleged that the management of the security outfit on receiving the information reported the matter to the police and the accused were arrested while three laptops were recovered from them.
They allegedly denied finding any money in the safe but confessed that they sold items stolen from the office at Kuramo Beach.
They were arraigned on a five-count charge of burglary and stealing, offences punishable under Sections 516, 390(9) and 442 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C.17, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate, A. F. O. Botoku, granted them bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate also directef that one of the sureties must have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court with genuine Certificate of Occupancy, CofO which must be verified and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government.
The case has been adjourned till 2 May, 2011.
The accused were remanded in prison custody following their inability to perfect the conditions attached to their bail.