Housekeeper, 2 others in court for allegedly stealing

A housekeeper and two other men who allegedly stole jewellery worth N1.5 billion belonging to a businesswoman, on Friday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court.

The police charged Nnenna Anari, 25, Babalola Olaitan, 41 and Bashiru Yahaya, 32, with four counts of conspiracy, stealing, burglary and receiving stolen goods.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Peter Nwangwu told the court that the defendants committed the offence on May 26 at Ikoyi, Lagos.

He alleged that the housekeeper, Anari conspired with the two other defendants and stole diamond and gold jewellery worth 1.5 billion belonging to Mrs Catherine Ifejike.

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Nwangwu also alleged that the third defendant(Yahaya), who knew that the items were stolen, offered to keep them in his possession.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 287,307,328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 287 prescribes three-year jail term for stealing while Section 307 stipulates seven years imprisonment if found guilty.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chief Magistrate Y.O. Aje-Afunwa admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N10 million each with two responsible sureties each in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa adjourned hearing in the case until Aug. 29.

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