4 bank security guards face N4.5m equipment theft charge

court AN Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday fixed Nov 1 for a trial of four bank security guards who allegedly stole bank equipment worth N4.5 million.

The accused, Michael Effiom, 37; Godwin Nwabudike, 40; Olatunbosun Abayomi, 44; and Femi Awolusi, 32; are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were first arraigned on Sept.13 and were granted N500, 000 bails each with two sureties in like sum.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that when the case came up on Friday for mention the accused had no legal representatives.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. O. Otitoju, advised the accused to ensure that they engage the services of a legal representative.

She then adjourned the case until Nov 1 for trial.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Samuel Mishozunnu, had told the court that the accused committed the offenses between July 20 and Aug. 26 at Access Bank Plc in Lagos.

Mishozunnu said that the accused stole 80 pieces of Server machines and Network gadgets worth N4.5 million, belonging to Access Bank Plc.

“The accused stole the equipment kept under their custody for safekeeping,” Mishozunnu alleged.

He said that the offenses contravened Sections 285 (7) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.