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3 men face break-in, theft of employer’s N180,000 property


Three men, who allegedly broke into an office and carted away items valued at N180,000, were on Tuesday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The men — Atunrase oluwaseun, 27; Gabriel Mell, 42; and Segun Kolapo, 41 — are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Joseph Ajebe, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 5 at about 11.00 p.m. at Biggs Woltop Ventures Ltd, No. 123, Ogba Road.

He alleged that the accused, employees of the complainant, Mr Biggs Woltop, conspired and burgled his office.

“The accused broke into the office and stole some of the complainant’s property valued at N180, 000.

“They were later caught by a security guard who handed them over to the police,” Ajebe said.

He noted that the offences contravened Sections 285, 307 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sections 285and 307 prescribe seven years jail term each, while Section 409 stipulates two years.

The trio pleaded innocence of the offences.

Ruling on the bail application of the accused, the Chief Magistrate, Mr O.A. Komolafe, granted them bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

The case was adjourned to Sept. 30 for mention.

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