By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Correspondent Lagos/
LAGOS– MANAGER of Rehoboth Continental Enterprise, Sule Mathew have dragged before a Yaba Magistrate Court for allegedly conspiring with others at large to steal the Company’s goods worth N150m. He is alleged to have committed the crime between January 1st, 2021` and December 18, 2023 at No. 268, Lagos Abeokuta Expressway, Pleasure, Agege in Lagos.
Mr. Sule was pressed with a two count charge of conspiracy and stealing. The first count reads: That you Sule Mathew and others now at large, between January 1st, 2021` and December 18, 2023 at No. 268, Lagos Abeokuta Expressway, Pleasure, Agege in the Lagos Magisterial District Holden at Ebute Metta, Lagos did conspire together to commit felony to wit: stealing and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015 while the second charge also reads, that you Sule Mathew and others at large on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did steal cash total sum of One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (150,000,000) property of one Benjamin Ozor and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 280 and punishable under section 287 of the criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
Counsels to the complainant, Ikechukwu Chiaha Esq and Miss Ureshemi Olorife submitted that the accused, Sule Mathew was a manager at Rehoboth Continental enterprises located at Number 286, Lagos- Abeokuta Expressway, Pleasure bus stop, Ile-Epo, Lagos owned by Benjamin Ozor. They alleged that it was discovered by the owner of the company, Benjamin Ozor that Aluminium roofing sheets worth 150, 000, 00 (One hundred and fifty million naira) had been stolen from the company factory.
The Police prosecutor told the court that a discreet investigation carried by the owner of the company revealed that Sule Mathew conspired with others now at large to steal the said goods adding that the case was reported at the Divisional Police station at Elere, Agege, Lagos where investigations were conducted by the police into the case and thereafter, it was charged to court 2, Botanical Garden, Yaba, Lagos.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges and he was therefore, admitted to bail of N20m with two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be a land owner in Lagos and a senior community religious leader. He was ordered to deposite his international passport with the court including affidavit of means. The matter was adjoined till February 2, 2024.