8th March, 2013
A 37-year old worker, Lukman Aminu, has been arraigned before the Ijeshatedo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, for allegedly stealing his company’s recharge cards worth N13.4 million.
Aminu was accused of conspiring with Tunde Martins, who is now on the run, to steal Etisalat, Airtel and Globacom recharge cards belonging to the company.
Aminu was allegedly caught by the company’s accountant when he could not pay the money for the recharge cards as at when due.
P.M.NEWS learnt that the case was reported to the police at Ijeshatedo division and Aminu and Martins were arrested. But Martins fled when he was granted bail.
Aminu was charged with stealing under the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State.
When Aminu was arraigned in court, he pleaded not guilty.
Narrating what happened, Aminu said he was the company’s representative at Airways branch in Lagos and sold the cards on credict to Martins but he failed to pay him.
Aminu admitted that the company warned them not sell on credit, but sold on credit to Martins because he was his good customer.
He said the company complicated the issue when it declared the recharge cards stolen.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs A O Gbajumo, granted him bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in ike sum.
The matter was adjourned till 29 April.
Meanwhile, Martins’ surety, Nurani Olanrewaju, has been arrested and charged to court for perversion of justice for failing to produce Martins for prosecution as he promised.
Olanrewaju lamented that Martins, who is his in-law, refused to show up despite all his efforts to contact him.