LAGOS – An apprentice, Chukwuma Okoye, was on Tuesday charged with theft of his master’s property worth N1.5 million at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Okoye, 27, who resides at No. 4, Kole Adeyimu St., Mafoluku in Oshodi, Lagos, is facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.
He, however, denied the charge.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the accused committed the offences with some accomplices still at large sometime in June 2010 at Shop B194, Alaba International Market, Ojo.
Odugbo said the apprentice and his accomplices stole generators valued at N1.1million belonging to his employer, Chief Felix Olumba, a trader, from 2010 to May 2013.
He also alleged that the accused stole the complainant’s 10 freezers valued at N400, 000.
In addition, he said the accused made away with N18 million cash belonging to Olumba.
According to Odugbo, the offences contravene Sections 285 (7) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The Magistrate, Mrs Linda Balogun, granted the accused bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.
Section 285 (7) prescribes seven years imprisonment for any clerk or servant stealing from his employer, while Section 409 stipulates a two-year jail term for conspiracy.
The case was adjourned to May 7 for trial. (NAN)