Crime Watch

Fuel attendant allegedly steals N3.4million from employer

A 39-year-old petrol station attendant identified as Waliu Olamilekan has been arraigned in a Badagry Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing of N3,464,000 at BFO filling station in Badagry.

The defendant was docked on a three-count charge of unlawful entry, malicious damage and stealing. He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The police prosecutor, Insp. Ayodele Adeosun told the court that Olamilekan committed the crime on 9th of July at about 11.30am at Pipeline, Araromi-Ale, Badagry Expressway, Lagos.

Adeosun alleged that the suspect, whose address is unknown, broke into the office of the manager of the station, Mrs Titilope Falola, the complainant and made away with the money.

“He damaged the burglary window valued at N45,000, the bulk room and the drawer of the Manager’s office. The defendant also stole the sum of N3, 464,000 million, property of BFO Filling Station.

The Police recovered the stolen money from where he hid it. The offences contravene Sections 307, 339 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,’’ he said.

Magistrate T.A Popoola granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) with two sureties in like sum. He said one of the sureties should produce evidence of a statement of account worth N1m and three years of tax address verification.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Popoola, therefore adjourned the case until August 21, for mention.

Meanwhile in another news…

The Lagos state police arraigned a 45-year-old lawyer, Kelvin Abiodun-Olu at a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos Island for allegedly stealing N19.2 million.

Abiodun-Olu who appeared before Magistrate T. O. Babalola, on Wednesday was also accused of destroying property worth N7.5 million. The defendant was charged with five-counts bordering on conspiracy, stealing, malicious damage, assault, and breach of peace.

The prosecutor, ASP Francis Igbenose, told the court that the defendant and his alleged accomplices committed the offences between 28th of January and February 4th, 2023.

According to Igbenose, the incident took place at about 11pm at No. 34b, Talabi Street, Boet Estate, ABC Bus Stop, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos. He alleged that Olu and others at large “stole two Crocodile shoes valued at N150,000, one brown belt valued at N375,000, one wallet valued at N225,000, two Nike shoes valued at N150,000, Movado wristwatch valued at N9,000.

Other stolen items include “Rolex wristwatch valued at N7,500,000, buckle sandal valued at N80,000, black wall frame with silver leaf valued at N60,000, Tecno Pop 6 (smartphone) valued at N65,000, Techo Pop 3 (smartphone) valued at N45,000 and eight bundles of new wrappers valued at N64,000.”