Lagos - The Police on Wednesday, arraigned four workers of a Gas company, Idrisu Mohamed 31, Okeke Joseph, 29,Obina Onwuegba, 30, and Simon Oli 29, for allegedly stealing product valued at N3.6 million.
The accused persons, who reside at the company premises located at Second Coming Nigeria Ltd., located at 92, CMD road, Magodo, Lagos, is facing a two-count-charge of conspiracy and stealing.
They however pleaded not guilty.
Police prosecutor, Insp. Nurudeen Thomas, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence at the company’s premises between January and February 2012 at 9:05 p.m.
Thomas explained that one of the receivers of the stolen items, Simon Oni was caught at the frontage of the company on July 29 at 9:30 p.m. with two 12.5kg cylinder gas valued at N28, 200.
He explained that the company had already closed to customers when one of the workers, Kemi Otundeji, saw Oni and accosted him.
"She discovered that the two cylinder gas were stolen and alerted the authority.
"Also, it was discovered that (18) 100 kg, (12) kg and (15) kg cylinders and gas amounting to N3.6 million had been stolen,’’ he said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 409 285 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that anybody guilty to the offences is liable to two, three and 14 years imprisonment.
Senior Magistrate, Olagbegi Adelabu, granted the accused bail of N50 000 with two sureties each.
The court however adjourned the case till Aug. 14 to for mention. (NAN)