Sunday Sorinola, a 35-year-old landlord was arraigned before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court on Friday for allegedly stealing jewellery worth N1.8 million and cash belonging to his tenant. The accused is facing a count charge of stealing. The Prosecutor, Insp. Mattew Famuyiwa, told the court that the Soriola committed the offence on October 11, 2018, at about 8.15p.m at Adigbe area in Abeokuta. Famuyiwa said that the accused broke into the room of the complainant, his tenant, and stole gold jewellery worth N1.8 million and cash amount of N562, 850. According to the prosecutor, the complainant left her apartment to purchase recharge card for her mobile phone. “Before she returned the accused had broke into her room and stole the items,” the prosecutor said.
He said that after the incident, the complainant reported the matter at Adigbe Police Station after which the accused was apprehended. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. The Magistrate, Mr Olalekan Oke, granted the accused bail of N600,000 with two sureties in like sum. Oke said that one of the sureties must own a landed property and must be gainfully employed, and reside within the court’ s jurisdiction. The prosecutor said that the sureties must also show evidence of tax payment to the Ogun Government. He, however, adjourned the case until February 5 for hearing.
Some years back, the police arraigned a landlord, Orisa Obi, in a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for breaking into a female tenant’s apartment and stealing property valued at N1.5 million. Obi, 46, of 37 Road, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, is facing two counts of house-breaking and theft. The police prosecutor, Sgt. Salihu Mohammed, said the tenant, Miss Esther Akpata, reported the matter at Gwarimpa Divisional Police Station on Sept. 2. Mohammed alleged that the accused broke into his tenant’s apartment and stole N200,000, one I-Pad, four water dispensers, one DSTV decoder and trinkets, among others, all valued at N1.5 million.
The prosecutor said Obi also destroyed Akpata’s television set, a TV stand, refrigerator, a microwave and tore her underclothes. The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 353 and 287 of the Penal Code.
If convicted, the accused person can be sentenced to seven years in prison or be given an option to pay a fine or both. Obi pleaded not guilty to the charges. The magistrate, Mr Zubairu Mohammed, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum. He ordered that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and a civil servant of not below salary grade level 8.