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Two employees in court over N3m property theft

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A company employee, Chuwkwuma Onwunka, who allegedly defrauded his employer of N3million, was on Thursday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Onwunka, 28, was arraigned along a former employee of  Phinarphilian Resources Ltd, Victor Chike, 31 , on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Onaiwu Iyobosa, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 23 at Block 12, Shop 10, ASPMDA Trade Fair Complex, Ojo, Lagos.

She alleged that the accused defrauded the owner of a  company, Arinze Opara, when he was ill and handed over the company to Chike.

”When the complainant went on sick leave in April 2016 and returned in December 2016, Chike could not account for ropes worth N2.5 million.

“After he was dismissed in January, he connived with Onwunka  and sold some ropes worth N500, 000 to the complainant’s customer  and  failed to remit the money into the company’s account,’’ she said.

The offences, she noted, contravened Sections 278 1, (a) 2 (a), 321 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. S. Erinle, admitted the accused to a bail of N100,000 each with two responsible sureties each in like sum.

Erinle said the sureties must be blood relations of the accused and should be gainfully employed.

The case was adjourned until May 15 for trial.

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