Cleaner docked over alleged N3m jewellery theft
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A 38-year-old cleaner, Mr Ibrahim Temitope, who allegedly stole his employer’s jewellery worth N3 million was on Thursday arraigned at a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kaduna.
Temitope, a resident of Badiko Kaduna, is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and intimidation.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Chidi Oke, told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 22, at SAAP Crescent, Badiko, Kaduna.
Oke said that the accused conspired with one Taiwo, still at large, to steal assorted gold jewellery valued at N3 million, property of one Hajiya Suwaiba Ogunsawo.
He said that the accused was working as a cleaner in the house of Ogunsawo and had access to where the jewellery was kept.
“When the accused was arrested and interrogated in connection with the case, he admitted to have stolen the jewellery and later, the parties decided to settle as the accused promised to pay N500, 000,’’ he said.
The prosecutor added that instead of settling, the accused went to the complainant in company with two persons and intimidated the complainant and her family.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 59, 271 and 377 of the Penal Code Laws of Kaduna State, 2017.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mr Ibrahim Emmanuel, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused.
The Magistrate also directed that the sureties must be gainfully employed and that their addresses must be verified by the police.
He adjourned the case until June 11 for hearing.
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