N1.6m Theft: 2 Salesgirls Remanded

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The police at Adeniji Adele Division, Lagos Island, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, have arraigned two sales girls before the Igbosere magistrates court on a three count charges of alleged conversion of their employer’s funds to their personal use.

The police alleged in the charge suit No.3/37/2011 that one of the accused, Tope Taiwo, between January to September 2011 at shop 152, Lagoon Plaza, Lagos Island, sold her employers clothes worth N1,557,750 in her shop and converted the proceeds to her use, while her accomplice, Funmilayo Adeoti, also sold clothes worth N120,000 and converted the proceeds to her use.

Investigation revealed that the victim left the shop for them to manage on trust when she went to be delivered of her baby only to return and meet that all her stock of clothes in the shop had been sold.

She demanded for the proceeds from the sales but the accused could not account for the money.

She reported the matter to the police and the accused were arrested.

After investigation, they were arraigned in court, an offence the prosecutor, Odugbo Innocent, claimed are punishable under section 516 and 390 (b) of the criminal code cap 17 Vol.11 laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate admitted them to bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety each in like sum who must be a blood relations.

The magistrate also directed that the sureties must produce evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government and adjourned the matter till 26 October, 2011.

The accused were remanded at Kirikiri maximum prison when they could not perfect the bail condition.

—Paul Iyoghojie