An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced a company security guard, Bulus Bulama, to four years imprisonment for stealing the organisation’s equipment valued at N999, 000.
Bulama, 27, who was arraigned and sentenced immediately, pleaded guilty to a four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, forgery and burglary.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. M. Ajayi, who handed down the verdict, found the accused guilty on all the four counts and sentenced him to one year imprisonment each in all counts.
Ajayi said the sentences would run concurrently without an option of fine.
“The accused having pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him with the evidence provided, the accused is hereby convicted as charged and is sentenced to one year imprisonment on each of the four counts.
“The sentence will take effect from the day of arraignment and will run concurrently.”
Ajayi also advised the convict to stay away from crime.
Bulama, who had no legal representation, pleaded for leniency, saying, “I am sorry for getting involved with crime, it is my first time of stealing and it will not happen again”.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Cyriacus Osuji, during the review of facts, told the court that Bulama and others at large committed the offences on Dec. 9, at 10:00p.m., at No. 214c Eti-Osa way Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi in Lagos.
He said Bulama was a security man at Triple Eye Security Solution Ltd located at Dolphin Estate on a monthly salary of N20, 000.
Osuji said Bulama, as a security man, who had in his possession all the keys leading to some offices and the store, broke into these offices and stole some valuables valued at N999, 000.
Some of the properties stolen included, CCTV Cameras, printers, television, and laptops.
The prosecutor said the convict forged a gate pass using the name of the managing director of the company to enable the car which was loaded with the items to pass the gate.
Osuji, however, tendered all the documents in court which were admitted as evidence.
The offences contravened Sections 285, 307 (1), 360 (e) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.