A 32 – year – old sales boy , Saidu Abdullahi , has been arrested by the police for allegedly burgling his boss’ shop and carting away property valued at N229 ,000.
Abdullahi allegedly stole a generator, a home theatre , a television , a stabiliser , a cable TV decoder , a CD player with speakers, and three cartons of non- alcoholic wines.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspect had lied to his boss, Sandra Ibeh , that he was travelling to his hometown to see his mother who was sick .
In her statement to the police , Ibeh said she paid Abdullahi N10 ,500 out of the two months’ salaries she owed him to enable him to travel .
“ I promised to send the balance of his salary to his bank account the following day . I called him to confirm if he had got home safely and he told me he was home .
“ On August 16 when I got to my shop , I discovered that it had been burgled with some of my property carted away . I went to report at the police station.
“ I was advised to go to Ladipo Market where they sell fairly – used property , which I did . I saw some property similar to my own and I went to inform the police . The man I saw the property with was arrested , ” she added .
The businessman who was arrested in connection with the theft , Abubakar Yakubu, said he assisted in the arrest of Abdullahi .
He said , “ I used to buy recharge cards from Abdullahi . Through that he collected my phone number . He called me one day that he had some property to sell .
“ I did not know anything until the police came to my shop and a woman pointed at the generator I put up for sale . The police arrested me and took the generator and three other generators .
“ I then remembered that he once told me that he wanted to sell some property . I called him to ask where he was and he told me that he was in GRA .
“ I went there and he took me to where he kept the property . I told him that I wanted to go and call the person that would buy them . I called the police and he was arrested and the goods were recovered .”
Abdullahi was arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates ’ Court on two counts of burglary and stealing .
He pleaded not guilty to the charges .
According to the police prosecutor, Abiola Adewale, the offences contravened sections 309 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 .
The magistrate , W. A. Salami , granted the suspect bail in the sum of N80 ,000 with one surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned till September 11 , 2018.