Oyebamiji Sarafa, 39, and Ibrahim Mustapha, 51, who allegedly conspired to steal N130,000 from their friend, Shola Adebayo while sleeping in his hotel room, were on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The defendants, who are both residents of Ogba area of Lagos State, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp. Raji Akeem, told the court that the accused persons committed the offences on Dec. 19, 2017 at a hotel situated at Agoshasha Street, Alakuko in Ikeja.
Akeem alleged that the accused conspired to steal N130,000 belonging to their friend, Adebayo.
He claimed that the complainant won N130,000 from a lotto game he played and decided to invite two of his friends for celebration in a hotel.
The prosecutor said that the complainant who had no idea that his friends were planning to steal the money from him, carelessly put the money in a drawer at his hotel room.
Akeem explained that when Adebayo noticed it was already late, he told his friends to keep the night with him in the hotel and go home the following day.
The prosecutor alleged that by the time the complainant woke up the following day, his friends had absconded with his money.
Akeem explained that Adebayo reported the case to the police and the accused were apprehended and taken to the police station for questioning.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 prescribes three years’ imprisonment for stealing while Section 411 stipulates two-year jail term for conspiracy, if found guilty.
Senior Magistrate T.O. Shomade granted the accused N100, 000 bail each with one surety each in like amount.
He adjourned the case until Feb. 5 for mention. (NAN)
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