Odochi Edoh, a 40-year-old manager with a bureau de change was arraigned in Lagos on Monday for allegedly stealing US$44,000 (about N6.6 million) belonging to her employer.
Edoh is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court.
The police prosecutor, Chris Takim, told the court that the defendant, who resides at No. 4, James Odingba St., Mile 2, Lagos, committed the offence on July 6 at City Bureau de Change located at No. 4 Aderibigbe St. Orile, Yaba, Lagos.
“On the day of the incident, she was sent by her boss to purchase US dollars worth about $75,000 and was authorised to sell $31,000 from it,” he said.
“She was left with a balance of $44,000, which is equivalent to N6.6million, and because it was late in the day, her boss asked her to take the money home. When she was asked for the money the following day, she could not give any reasonable account of the said amount.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
Takim said that the offences contravene Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State.
Magistrate S.K. Matepo granted the defendant a bail of N2 million with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to November 19 for mention.