A bureau de change agent identified as Bassey Effiong, 27, and his accomplices, Charles Francis, 28, Rilwan Adepoju, 29 and Akiola Ajaye, 44 have been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge of stealing their employer’s N3 million.
The police alleged in their charge sheet that Bassey Effiong was arrested following a complaints by his boss, Yele Fadugba, that he sent his worker, Bassey to the bank to lodge N3 million into the bank account but he betrayed the trust respose in him and absconded with the money. All efforts to locate him, the charge said, proved abortive.
Following the report, the police moved into action and after several days of investigation, Bassey was arrested in a hideout on Lagos Island with his accomplices.
During interrogation, he allegedly confessed to the crime that he was actually sent to the bank to lodge the money but the devil used him to steal the money with his accomplices.
When asked on what he used the money for, he could not give any satisfactory account. The offence, the prosecutor, Inspector Gbemileke Agoi, claimed contravened Sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
They pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them and Magistrate, Mrs. Ogunbowale, who stood in for Mrs. O. A. Layinka, admitted them to bail in the sum of N300,000 each with two sureties in like sum who must show proof of three years of tax payment to Lagos State government.
The magistrate adjourned the matter till 7 November, 2012 while the accused were remanded in Ikoyi Prison pending when they meet the bail conditions.