Brothers docked for allegedly stealing N33m from their employer


Two siblings Rafiu Sodiq 29, and Olalekan Sodiq, who allegedly broke into the house of their employer, and stole properties and money valued N33million were on Wednesday brought before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court Lagos.

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The brothers, who were both cleaners are standing trial on a four count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful entering, and stealing preferred against them by the police.

The duo, who resides at 23 Popoola Banjoko street Ifako Lagos, and 21 Harmony land Agbede Ikorodu respectively, were charged before Magistrate Abimbola Komolafe.

The prosecutor Inspector Abbass Abayomi‎, told the court that the defendants and others, who are still at large conspired to commit the alleged offence.

He said that the incident occurred between December 22, 2016 and ‎January 31, 2017, at about 7:30pm, at 8 Gerald road Ikoyi, Lagos.

Abayomi, alleged that the brothers unlawfully broke into the house of one Eke .U. Eke, and stole the properties.

He said that they stole jewelries, comprising of ‎Gold and Diamond valued N20million, seven pieces of fashion belt valued N2,450,000.

Other stolen items are 500 US dollars equivalent to N2.5million, 1000 UK Pound Sterling equivalent to N625,000, three Ipads valued N1,350,000, two Wrist Watches valued N1.2million and two Jimmy Choo hand bags valued N2million and two Bluetooth Speakers valued N350,000, all properties of Eke.

According to the prosecutor the offences committed are punishable under sections 409, 305 (a) (b), 306 (2) and 285 (1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state 2011.

However the duo pleaded not guilty to the charge against them.

The Magistrate granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5million each with two sureties each in like sum.

She said that the sureties must be blood relations, property owner, show evidence of three years tax payment clearance to Lagos State government.

The Magistrate also said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have their addresses verified.

Consequently, the case was adjourned till March 28, 2017, for mention.


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