Police from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti-Yaba, of Lagos State Police Command, on Tuesday, arraigned eight sale assistants at Alaba international market, for stealing electrical items valued at N19.5m, properties of Mega Electric Company Limited, a company owned by Pastor Nnamdi Ohizu of RCCG Habitation of Praise, Iyana-Ipaja.
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The eight sales assistants are: Chukwuemeka Ibezim, 21, Ndiobi Stanley, 20, Ani Christian, 21, Caroline Emmanuel, 28, Chimezie Ekeh, 28, Chukwuemeka Salome, 28, Okwudili Nnamani, 21, and Anthony Ikechukwu Emenike, 21.
The police alleged that the defendants between June 1 and August 2, 2016, conspired among themselves to steal the said electrical items from the warehouse of their employer, Mega Electric Company Limited.
Items allegedly stolen by the sales assistants include: 15 wheel trucks of mega electric sockets and AVR automatic voltage regulators.
Police alleged that Chukwuemeka Ibezim, Ndiobi Stanley, Ani Christian, Caroline Emmanuel, Chimezie Ekeh, Chukwuemeka Salome, stole the items from the warehouse, while Okwudili Nnamani, and Anthony Ikechukwu Emenike, received the said goods.
The offences according to the prosecutors, Inspector Goody Osuyi (Esq) and Inspector Adedayo Oladele, are contrary to and punishable under sections 409, 278 and 326 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
However, their lawyers led by Spurgeon Ataene, urged the court to admit them to bail in the most liberal terms.
The court presided by Chief Magistrate A. Ajibade, admitted bail to each of the defendants in the sum of N250, 000, 00, with two sureties in the same sum.
One of the sureties according to the Chief Magistrate, must be a blood relation to the defendants, and present to court evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government.
The matter has been adjourned till October 10, for mention.