Landlord docked for alleged theft of tenant’s 1.8m gold jewellery

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Fasilat Oluwuyi

A 35-year old landlord, Sunday Sorinola has been brought before an Ogun state Magistrate court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta for allegedly stealing gold worth N1.8m from his tenant.

The defendant who reside at Adigbe in Obafemi Owode Local government area of Ogun State was reported to have inherited the house from his parents after their demise.

Soriola who was arrainged before Magistrate Olalekan Oke on a count charge of stealing pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The Prosecutor Insp. Mattew Famuyiwa told the court that the defendant committed the offence on October 11th at about 8:15pm at Coppers bus stop Adigbe Mango area of Abeokuta.

Famuyiwa said, the complainant left her apartment to purchase recharge card on her phone, before she returned the defendant had broken into her room to steal gold jeweriers worth N1.8m and cash of N562,850 belonging to the complainant.

He added that the complainant reported the matter at Adigbe police statio before she was apprehended and charged to court.

“After a search warrant was conducted at the defendant’s apartment , ATM cards, receipt and one mirror belonging to the complainant were found in his room.

Prosecutor said the offence committed is contray to and punishable under section 390(9) of the criminal code Act revised laws of Ogun State Nigeria 2006.

The Magistrate, Mr Olalekan Oke granted the defendant bail in the sum of N600,000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said one of the sureties must own a landed developed property.

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Oke added that the sureties must be gainfully employed, reside within jurisdiction and must show evidence of tax payment to the Ogun State Government.

The case was adjourned till February 5th 2019 for continuation of trial.

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