Shop owner charged with break-in, theft of tenant’s N5.6m goods

A 46-year-old shop owner, Oyesade Oke, who allegedly stole his tenant’s goods worth N5.6 million, was on Thursday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

He was, however, released on bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr P. A. Ojo, who gave the ruling, said the sureties must be blood relations and should also show evidence of three years of tax payment.

Oke, who resides in Lawanson area of Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of obtaining money under false pretenses, breaking into premises  and stealing.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Police Prosecutor Romanus Unuigbe told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in November 2015 at No 113, Itire Road, Lawanson, Lagos.

Unuigbe alleged that the accused broke into the shop of the complainant, Tina Omagbemi, and stole her goods.

“After the complainant had rented the shop, she immediately stored her goods there and traveled out of the country.

“When she returned, she found out that the accused had burgled the shop and had rented it out to another person,” he said.

The offences contravened Sections 285, 307 (i) and 2 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 312 stipulates a 15-year jail term for offenders.

The case has been adjourned until August 21 for mention.

-NAN.