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4 Women Docked Over Alleged 4.2m Shoe Theft



Four women were on Wednesday arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrates Court in Lagos, over alleged theft of 10 pairs of men’s shoes worth N4.2 million belonging to their employer.

Three of the accused – Kelechi Agbojion, 28; Gloria Nneji, 28; and Mary Nwankwo, 28 – are saleswomen facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

Also charged alongside the saleswomen is Sandra Michael, 35, who allegedly received the stolen items.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Oct. 9 at No. 7 Gabriel Square, Lagos Island.

He said that Agbojion, Nneji and Nwankwo, who were employees of Mr Jonas Ngene, stole 10 pairs of men’s shoes worth N4.2 million, property of their employer.

He said that the trio gave the Italian leather shoes to Michael to help them sell and they all shared the proceeds.

“Their employer, while taking stock later, discovered that 10 pairs of shoes were missing, which led to the arrest of the accused persons,” Kendo said.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 287 (7), 328 (1) and 411of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Section 287 (7) carries seven years imprisonment while section 328 (1) prescribes 14 years imprisonment if found liable.

Section 411 also stipulates two years imprisonment for offenders.

The Magistrate, Mrs A.M Olumide-Fusika, granted the four accused N500,000 bail with two sureties each in like sum.

Fusika said one of the sureties must be a relative of the accused and the other a civil servant.

Further hearing on the case has been fixed for Nov. 28.



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