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Court arraigns landlady over alleged theft of tenant’s property

A 53-year-old landlady, Rita Olukanmi, on Wednesday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing property worth N1.4 million belonging to her tenant.
The accused, who resides at No. 19, Oduduwa St., Aboru, Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, housebreaking and stealing.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada told the court that the accused committed the offences in company of others at large on Jan. 7, at the above address.

He said the accused unlawfully entered the apartment of her tenant, Mr. Richard Jacob, and stole macro-wave, toasting machine, blender, standing fan, cooking gas cylinder and Gotv decoder.

“She also stole a box full of clothes, gold jewellery, deep freezer, two cartons of serving dish, one carton of wine, some vital documents, wedding videotape,’’ he said.

Eruada, who also told the court that the accused stole a wedding album and home theatre, said the value of all the property Olukanmi stole was N1.4 million.
“Jacob, who found the stolen items in his landlady’s apartment, reported the case at the station and the accused was immediately apprehended.”

The offences contravened Sections 411, 287 and 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The Magistrate, Mrs. Dan Oni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case until May 7, for mention.

Credit: Daily Trust 

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