By Olaitan Idris
A driver, Michael Anifowoshe, who with Oyinfoladara Ariyo, aide to his employer, allegedly stole jewellery and cash worth N53 million, were on Friday granted N2.5 million bail each by a Lagos court.
The Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court also ordered that the accused should provide two sureties each as part of the bail condition.
The Magistrate, Mr P.A. Ojo, directed that the sureties must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The accused, with unknown addresses are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and abduction.
The property, including cash, allegedly stolen by the two men, were said to belong to their employer.
The prosecutor, Insp. Roman Unuigbe, told the court that the accused and some others still at large committed the offences on May 23 at 29B, Tokunbo Macaulay Street, Magodo Phase 11, Lagos.
He said the accused stole their employer’s gold and diamond jewellery worth N40 million, 50, 000 dollars (about N10 million) and N3 million cash, all amounting to N53million.
Unuigbe said when the owner of the property (name withheld), a female, got home on the day of the incident, she discovered that her apartment had been raided and she immediately reported the matter to the police.
He said that during investigation, it was discovered that the accused also abducted one Elizabeth to an unknown destination.
The offences, according to him, contravened Sections 267, 285 (7), and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate adjourned the case till Oct. 17.