Two security guards, who allegedly broke into a woman’s house and stole property valued at N11. 3 million, were on Thursday brought to trial at an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused — Musa Isah, 48, and Joseph Ngbah, 47 — who live at Abiola Obawale Street, Magodo Phase 1, Lagos, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
Both denied committing the offences.
But Police Prosecutor Lucky Ihiehie said the accused and others still at large committed the offences on May 18 at Magodo Phase 1, Isheri, Berger, on the outskirts of Lagos.
Ihiehie said the complainant, Mrs Enitan Onitiri, a farmer, told the Area `H’ Police Command, Ogudu that Isah, her security guard who just started work barely four months ago, stole her property when she was admitted in the hospital.
He said Isah also drove off her Tacoma pickup with registration no. EKY 863 EJ with the original documents which her mechanic dropped at home after repairing it and gave the keys to the accused.
“He called his friend, Ngbah, also a security man in the estate who visits him regularly, burgled the complainant’s apartment and made away with some clothes and shoes.
“The duo took a laptop valued at N900, 000, an iPad valued at N250, 000, jewellery, gold worth N2.5 million and Benin-made beads valued at N7.5 million.
“They also took away a PSP game valued at N150, 000, shoes valued at N250, 000 and N50, 000,” Ihehie told the court.
The offences contravened Sections 287 and 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kuneinje, granted each of the accused bail of N1 million with two sureties each in like sum who must be gainfully employed.
The case was adjourned until Nov. 14 for mention.