By Adaeze Iroha
Lagos – A 23-year-old salesman, Yinusa Jabula, who allegedly broke into his employer’s supermarket and bolted with goods worth N2 million appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday .
Jabula is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, burglary, stealing and criminal damage to property.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, SP Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 29 at 8.00 p.m., at Best Choice Supermarket in Fadeyi area of Lagos State.
He said that the accused had been in the employ of the supermarket for six months and the shop owner had given him the spare key to the shop.
Nurudeen alleged that the accused in company with two of his friends went to the supermarket at night in a bus and packed some goods and a laptop, all valued at N2 million.
“My Lord, we have a witness; a customer of the shop that saw the accused when he and his friends were packing the goods.
“The accused has the spare key to the shop that was given to him to open the shop for sales.
“He used it to enter into the shop and steal the goods,” he alleged.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 287, 306, 339 and 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (Revised)
The chief magistrate, Mrs K.B. Ayeye, admitted the accused to a bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).
She adjourned the case until Sept. 27 for mention.