Shop Burgled, N14m Recharge Cards Stolen


Detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria, have arraigned two men before an Ebute-Metta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing recharge cards of different networks worth N13, 836, 810.

The cards belonged to Office Device Company Limited , 117 Allen Avenue, Lagos.

The two men, Godwin Ogie Imoru, 45, and Chukwudi Jonas Solomon, 27, and others still at large, were alleged to have conspired and robbed the company on 6 December, 2010, at about 8 am.

They were also alleged to have stolen N5, 409, 140 cash and a Nokia handset with number 08032030777 valued at N15,000. The detectives alleged that the total value of properties stolen by the two men was N19, 260, 950 million.

The two men were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and robbery, the offences according to prosecuting police officer, Mr. Innocent Effiong, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, are punishable under Section 516 and 402(2) of the Criminal Code Cap. C17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

The two men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Chief Magistrate Oyindamola Ogalla (Mrs.) who presided over the case granted them bail in the sum of N1 million each with two responsible sureties.

Ogalla added that the sureties must show to the court evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government, evidence of livelihood, and must be residing within the magisterial district.

The case has been adjourned till 31 August, 2011 for trial.

The two men have been remanded in Ikoyi Prison as they could not meet the bail conditions.

—Paul Sanusi

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