May 29, 2024

Mother, son get N100m bail for alleged N122m property  theft

Why I can’t sack Awomolo, Body of Benchers' chair — Judge

By Henry Ojelu

Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court , on Wednesday granted a N100 million bail to a mother Lola Disu and her son Ahmed Disu who were arraigned before the court last week for alleged N122million property theft.

The duo had earlier been remanded in Kirikiri prison after their arraignment pending the hearing of their bail application.

During today proceeding, counsel to the defendants, Solomon Ojo moved the motion for their bail dated May 17, 2024 and urged the court to grant them bail in the most liberal terms.

Although Police prosecutor, N.W Uhua opposed the bail application by the defendants,  the judge granted them bail in the sum of N50 million each with two sureties.

The judge ordered that one of the sureties must be a Director in a Federal Civil Service while the other must be a  landed property owner in Lagos and must deposit the original title of the property with the court. The court also ruled that the defendants and surety  must deposit their international passports with the court.

The judge adjourned the matter till June 7 for trial .

In a 14 count charge before the court, the  Police had alleged that Lola, Ahmed and others at large on June 25, 2021 at No 16 Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Magboro Bus Stop, Ikeja Lagos, conspired amongst themselves to steal the property worth over N122million belonging to Uccas Resources Ltd represented by it’s Managing Director, Ukata Christian.

The duo were also alleged to have forged a court order with the inscription ‘possession taken by court order on June 25, 2021’ with the intent that it would be used against Uccas Resources Ltd and its Managing Director, Ukata Christian .

Some of the property the defendants allegedly stolen from different sections of the company office,  include computers, office chairs and table, air- conditioners, printers, scanners, copiers, industrial water filters, heaps of undistributed copies of cargo news publication , confidential documents, midgets, internet routers, 2.9kva generator, fans etc.

One of the charges read: ”That you, Lola Muniratu Disu ‘f’, Ahmed Olasunkanmi Disu ‘m’, on the same date, time and place, within the aforesaid Judicial Division, did steal office properties of the Reception Desk: (a) reception tables with drawers valued .N650,000.00 (b) reception chairs valued N71,000.00 (c) Computer (CPU, monitor and printer; all HP Pavilion Tower Computers) (10 generation intel core, 17, 1.8GHZ):dual storage drive 256 (GB) valued N861,000.00 (d) HP 5 in 1 printer, scanner and copier valued N73,000.00 (e) Intercom connected to all offices:receiver valued N5,000 (f) office main line 012916425 (with handset) valued N45,000.00 (g) visitors memo booklet valued N700.00, total value of properties amount to N1,705700.00, property of Uccas Resources Ltd, represented by Ukata Christian, the MD/CEO.

The offences according to the Police are punishable under Section Section 390 (8)(c)&(9) of the, Criminal Code, Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (as amended).

When the charges was read to the defendants, they however pleaded no guilt to the allegation .