Woman arraigned for allegedly stealing N134m from employer

A woman, Motunrayo Ayisire, has been arraigned before a Special Offences Court in Ikeja for allegedly stealing N134million from her employer, Bartal West Africa Ltd.

Ayisire pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing levelled against her.

According to the state prosecutor, Mrs O.A Bajulaiye-Bishi, the defendant committed the offences alongside others who are now at large between the months of May and June 2016 in Lagos.

“The defendant and her accomplices diverted the sum of N134million from the account of Bartal West Africa Ltd, her employer to the accounts of two other companies.

“The names of those companies are Molas Divine Touch Venture Ltd and BDC Company.

“The offences contravene Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015,” Bajulaiye-Bishi said.

Following her plea, the defence counsel, Mr U.V Okoroafor informed the court that he had filed a bail application dated November 10, 2020.

“I pray the court admits the applicant to bail. She is a nursing mother, she has never interfered with police investigations and she always attended proceedings which began at the Magistrate Court,” he said.

In a short ruling, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo granted Ayisire bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until May 10 for trial.



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