By Chinyere Omeire
Lagos – A housekeeper, Thomas Ebiale, who allegedly stole his employer’s jewellery worth N7 million with two others,
on Thursday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ebiale, 28, was arraigned alongside two jewellery sellers, Ibrahim Ahmed, 32 and Abdullahi Isiaka, 33.
They are standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen items.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Reuben Solomon, told the court that the trio committed the offences sometime in May about 9.30 a.m, at Road 22B, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Ajah on Lekki-Epe Expressway.
He alleged that Ebiale stole his employer’s jewellery worth N7 million and sold them to Ahmed and Isiaka.
The prosecutor said Ahmed and Isiaka received the jewellery with the knowledge that the jewellery were stolen.
Solomon listed the items as a long gold chain, pendant, Raymond well gold watch, bracelet, red diamond, white gold earring and
one sapphire diamond earring, property of the complainant, Mr Owen Okoturo.
The offences contravened Sections 280 (1), 328 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs A. M. Davies, granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties each
in like sum.
She said the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case has been adjourned until Oct. 11 for mention.