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Monday, 22 February 2016

SECURITY GUARD LEADS GANG TO EMPLOYER!

The police in Lagos at the weekend, arrested a security guard, John Malam, for alleged theft of 61 Air Conditioners, AC, valued at N15m from his employer’s warehouse on Alexander Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Malam, a Borno state indigene, had connived with his partner and others at large to burgle his boss’ warehouse, stole the ACs and sold each for N25, 000.

He had approached one of the fleeing suspects, identified only as Andrew that he wanted to travel, but did not have money.

Malam was said to have discussed with Andrew to assist him to get a buyer for his motorcycle to raise funds for the journey, when Andrew discouraged him against selling the motorcycle and advised they stole the boss’ property instead.

The security guard allegedly bought the idea and on January 17, at about 1.30am, the suspects broke into the store and removed 61 ACs.

After sales of the ACs, they shared the proceeds.

However, on January 30, luck ran out on Malam, who had fled the warehouse after the crime was committed, as he was arrested by policemen from the Ikoyi division in the Lekki area.

While he was being taken to the station, he reportedly escaped with handcuffs near a market around Lekki and was later rearrested and arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on six counts of burglary and unlawful escape from police custody, The Punch reports.

Sergeant Cyracus Osuji, a police prosecutor, read the charges against him saying, “That you, John Malam, and others now at large, on January 17, 2016, at about 1am on Alexander Road, Ikoyi, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully break into JMB Nigeria Limited warehouse and stole 61 air conditioners valued at N15m.

“That you, John Malam, on January 30, 2016, at about 12am, at Lekki New Market, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did escape from lawful custody with handcuffs in your hands, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 106 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

“That you, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully and maliciously damage police handcuffs by breaking them with stone.”

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor told the court that the offences contravened sections 409, 285, 305, 106 and 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The presiding magistrate, A.T. Omoyele, granted him bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate adjourned the case till February 24, 2016, stressing that the sureties must show evidence of tax payments as part of conditions to perfect the defendant’s bail.

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