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Secretary docked over alleged N1.4m theft

27 September 2013, 15:24

Lagos - A 34-year-old secretary, Aina Akinyemi, on Friday appeared before an Oshodi Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, charged with alleged N1.4million theft.

Akinyemi, who resides at No. 46, Ilupeju Road, Ilupeju, Lagos, is facing a charge of stealing.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, said that the accused committed the offence between December 2009 and April 2013, at Wole Smith and Co., located at No. 16, Ade Akinsanya St., Ilupeju.

Olatunde said that the accused, who was employed four years ago as a secretary, stole N1.4million belonging to her employer, one Imran Oluwole Smith.

The prosecutor also said that the complainant discovered in February that books worth N300, 000 were not accounted for, which necessitated the immediate auditing of his account.

"It was discovered after the auditing that the accused had converted N1.4 million from sales of books and rent, collected from tenants of her employer, over a period of eight months, to her own personal use," he said.

According to the prosecutor, the accused tendered a resignation letter when she heard that an auditor would be coming to audit the account.

"The accused submitted a resignation letter but the complainant rejected it; asking her to wait until the end of the auditing.

"On the first day of the auditing, the accused called the complainant that she had lost her father, and that she was on her way to her village for the burial," he said.

Olatunde said that the complainant saw her last in March, as she had absconded to an unknown destination.

"The accused ran away and did not report back to the office since March, when she said that she lost her father.

"And the story of her father’s death was later discovered to be a lie," he said.

Olatunde said that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

Section 285 stipulates a three-year imprisonment for an offender, found guilty of stealing.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, and was granted bail in the sum of N200 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate, Akeem Fashola, adjourned the case till Oct. 24, for mention.


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