Cook Steals Employer’s $50,000


The police at Ikoyi Police Division, Eti-Osa, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, have arraigned a steward, Peter Ogar, 26, and his younger sister, Angela Ogar, 21, before the Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge of stealing.

The police alleged that Peter on 27 July, 2011 at Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos conspired with his sister Angela to steal his master’s $50,000 (about N8 million).

Peter was said to have given the money to his sister to keep for him at Ojodu area of Isheri, Lagos.

When the victim, Mrs. Obechi Okafor allegedly discovered that her money was missing, she was said to have confronted Peter over the missing money but the steward denied knowing anything about it.

He was handed over to the police and during interrogation, the accused allegedly confessed that he stole the money and handed it over to the sister to keep for him.

He led the police to arrest his sister during which substantial amount of the missing money was recovered.

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After investigation, they were charged to court for stealing. The offences, according to the prosecutor ASP E. J. Nankurk, are punishable under Section 516 and 390 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 32, vol. ii, laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

Count 2 of the charge reads: “That you Peter Ogar and Angela Ogar on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned district did steal USD50,000, equivalent of N8 million, property of Mrs. Obechi Okafor.”

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and the presiding magistrate, G. E. Fabanwo, granted them bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

She adjourned the matter till 27 September, 2011 for mention.

The accused were ordered to be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons and Kirikiri Maximum Prisons because they could not perfect their bail conditions.

—Paul Iyoghojie

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