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The defendants, Chinedu Oluwa, aged 22, Emenike Orji, aged 25, and Patrick Agore, aged 29, are facing two charges of conspiracy to steal and stealing, to which the trio pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the defendants committed the offences between June 2020 and January 2021 at Aswani Market, Lagos.
He said that the defendants, who are sales representatives stole 720 cartons of Gino tomato paste belonging to their employer, GB Foods. He added that the three defendants siphoned some cartons of tomato paste every time the goods were supplied and stole a total of 720 cartons all valued at N16.2million, which amounts to a contravention of the provision of Sections 287 (7) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mr A.A. Paul granted the three defendants N1million bail with one surety each in like sum.
The matter was adjourned until March 24, 2021, for mention.