The police on Thursday arraigned a driver, Benjamin Idoko, over alleged stealing of $3,600 belonging to his employer.
Idoko, who resides in Ibeju Lekki , Lagos State was accused of hiding part of the money inside the sole of his shoe(pictured the alleged stolen dollars partly concealed in the shoe sole).
Idoko was employed as a driver by Mr Kenneth Okonkwo last August 2, but 30 days later, he allegedly committed the crime.
“The suspect drove his employer to the airport in the afternoon and took the car back home. The employer checked his bag as he was about to board a plane and discovered that the $3,600 in his bag was missing. The suspect was the only one who had contact with the bag,” the source said.
The source added that Idoko denied taking the money but until he was brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
“As the suspect was led past the holding cell on the court’s premises and he saw the defendants locked up there, he asked if that was where he would be kept too. When he was told yes, he became jittery and changed his story.
He later took the police to his home in Ibeju Lekki and showed them where he hid $500 of the money in his shoe.
The Ilasan Police Station arraigned Idoko on Thursday before Mr. B. A. Sonuga on a count of stealing the $3,600.
Prosecuting police Corporal Friday Mameh told the court that the defendant committed the offence on September 2, at about 2pm at Chevy-View Estate, Lekki in Eti-Osa Local Government Area (LGA), Lagos.
“The offence contravened Section 285(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011,” Mameh said.
Idoko denied the allegation and his lawyer, Stephen Abba, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.
Magistrate Sonuga granted the defendant N1million bail with two sureties in the like sum and adjourned till October 10, for mention.