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1 Dec 2016
8 elderly men arrested over N400m document theft
Eight elderly men, who allegedly stole complete documents of a landed property valued at N400 million, were on Thursday docked before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused are Amisu Alao, 74; Afolabi Dosunmu, 65; Adams Adebayo, 50; Saliu Shanu, 52; Oseni Olukola, 49; Agbaiaka Samusideen, 58; Akintunde Rasaq, 58, and Segun Egbayelo, 70.
They are standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, threat to life and breach of the peace.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Friday Mameh, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offences sometimes in 2013 at No. 3 Expressway Sand Depot, Tin Can Island, Apapa, Lagos.
He said that the accused stole a land document valued at N400 million, belonging to one Mr Owoseni Agbayelo.
Mameh, said that the accused sent messages to the complainant in which they threatened to kill him.
He added that the accused acted in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by using the stolen documents to make a false representation against the complainant.
According to the prosecutor, the false representation by the accused was meant to tarnish the reputation of the complainant.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 166(1), 230, 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.
All the accused pleaded not guilty to the eight counts.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Danel Abbe, urged the court to admit them to bail on liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Komolafe, admitted the accused to a N500, 000 bail each, with two sureties in like sum.
She said that the sureties must be blood relations of the accused, must show evidence of tax payments and their addresses verified.
Komolafe adjourned the case till Jan. 24 for mention.
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