Househelp arraigned for stealing N200,000 with employer’s ATM card

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BY ANOZURE DANIA
Lagos — A domestic help, Joshua Ugbem, who took his employer’s ATM card and stole N200,000 appeared before a Tinubu magistrates’ court in Lagos, Monday.

Ugbem, who resides at Gbagba in Ikorodu, is facing trial on a charge of stealing.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Francesca Okere said the offence was committed on May 22 about 8.00 a.m., at Mobil Road, Ajah.

She told the court that the complainant, Tolu Okogie, had sometime in the past sent Ugbem to help him withdraw some money.

According to her, “on the above mentioned day, Ugbem took his employer’s ATM card and withdrew N200,000 and absconded.

“Okogie got a debit alert of N200,000 on his phone and immediately checked for his ATM card but couldn’t find it.”

The prosecutor said Okogie immediately suspected Ugbem, who he had previously given his PIN number to.

“The complainant rushed home only to discover that Ugbem had moved his things out of the house,” Okere said.

The prosecutor said the accused was, however, later apprehended by the Police at his parents’ abode in Ikorodu.

Okere said that the offence contravened Sections 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Ugbem, however, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

 

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