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Lagos accountant jumps bail, re-arrested over fraud charge

Lagos – After allegedly jumping bail, a Lagos accountant, Stanley Duru, has been re-arrested and charged with the theft of N1.3million belonging to his employer.

Duru, 35, is standing trial at an Ejigbo Chief Magistrates` Court on a two-count charge of stealing and jumping bail at a police station,

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Insp. Olakunle Shonibare, told the court that between Dec. 2010 and March 2011, Duru, an employee of Salfmed Nig. Ltd., allegedly stole the money at the office located at Primate Crescent, Ejigbo, a Lagos suburb.

He said the fraud was discovered during an audit exercise.

“After an investigation, the police arrested the accused and he was released on bail on June 4 to one Pastor Patrick Silas.

“He was requested to report at the police station until the case was disposed off, but he did not show up until his surety, Silas, was arrested and arraigned in court,’’ Shonibare said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 133 (1) and 390 (6) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.

Chief Magistrate Sherifat Solebo granted the accused bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case to Nov. 21 for further hearing. (NAN)


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