A 17-year old girl, Olajumoke Ogundumi, has been arraigned before the Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing money put in her trust.
The police said Ogundumi, a down-syndrome patient, allegedly stole N110,000 belonging to Blessing Arambambi and Falilat Soko.
The two counts read in part, “That you, Olajumoke Ogundumi,f, sometimes in the month of June,2013 at No. 5, Onayingbo NEPA street Mushin in the Lagos Magisterial District did steal the sum of Ninety thousand naira (N90,000.00) given to you in trust to keep by one Blessing Arabambi,f, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 285 (9)(b) of the criminal laws of Lagos State Nigeria, 2011.”
The Investigating Police Officer, Ogunmefun Sakirat, told the court that the complainant was in court.
However, as the suspect was helped into the dock, the magistrate, Ms S.O Solabo, objected to the continuation of the arraignment.
She asked if Ogundumi’s parents were in court.
A man who introduced himself as a friend of the suspect’s father said, “Her father and mother are dead. She is an orphan who stays with one of our friends.”
The magistrate demanded the presence of the defendant’s guardian and evidence that she was attending school.
She said, “I want to see the person she is living with. I will also like to have evidence of the school she attends.”
The matter was stood out.