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2 Salesclerks Arraigned For Diverting N4.8m Sales Proceeds

Police from Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos, have arraigned two salesclerks, Ugwuanyi Obinna, 20 and Abudu Nnemeka, 25, before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on charges bordering on conspiracy and unlawful diversion of N4.8 million, belonging to one Fidelis Ozioko.
The two defendants were arraigned before Magistrate O. O. Oshin (Mrs.) on three counts charge bordering on conspiracy stealing and fraudulent conversion of sales proceeds to personal their use.
The two defendants who worked as salesclerks in cosmetic stores situated at Koseh Street, Balogun, Lagos, belonging to one Fidelis Ozioko, were alleged to have committed with others now at large, sometimes in April, 2018.
The prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, while arraigning the defendants, said they were arrested after their boss, Mr. Ozioko, petitioned the police of the alleged act. Adding that during interrogation, the two defendants admitted commuting the act.
Animashaun told the court that following the defendants’ voluntary confession to the alleged act, they were brought before the court on charges bordering on felony to wit stealing and unlawful conversion of the said sum.
The offences which are contrary to and punishable under sections 411 and 287(1) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following his plea, the magistrate, Mrs. O. O. Oshin, admitted him to bail in the sum of N250, 000, with two sureties in like sum.
Magistrate Oshin also ordered the sureties  who must be residents of Lagos State to furnish the court with three years tax payable to the Lagos State government, meaning of livelihood and their addresses, which must be verified by the prosecutor.
The magistrate while adjourning the matter till February 22, 2019, for trial, ordered that the two defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the fulfillment of the bail conditions.
Count one of the charge reads: “That you Ugwuanyi Obinna ‘M’, Abudu Nnemeka ‘M‘ and others now at large, on or about April 2018, at No 12, Koseh Street, Balogun, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: stealing and there committed on offence contrary to punishable under Section 411 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
And the count two reads: “That you Ugwuanyi Obinno ‘M’, Abudu Nnemeka ‘M‘ and others still at large on or about April 2018, at No 12, Kosah Street, Balogun, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, fraudulently converted to your own use the sum of Four Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira being proceeds from sale of Cosmetics products property of Fidelis Ozioko, ‘M’ and thereby committed on offence contrary to punishable under Section 287 (1 ) of criminal Law of Lagos State 2015”.

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