Man Docked Over Alleged N9m Theft


A 64-year-old man was yesterday, arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate court for allegedly stealing N9million belonging to one Chief Chris Ani of Excellent Way Global Services Nigeria Limited.

Sylvanus Onuorah, was said to have induced Ani to offset the loan of N9million that he obtained from Fidelity Bank Plc, with a promise that he will collect Lagos State certificate of Occupancy.

The defendant, who was docked before magistrate Demi Ajayi, is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, felony and stealing.

The police prosecutor, Superintendent Barth Nwaokoya, told the court that Onuorah and others now at large, between April 11 and May 9, 2012, at Ajao Estate in Lagos, defrauded Chief Chris Ani on the pretence that if he offset a N9 million loan he obtained from Fidelity Bank, he would collect Lagos State Certificate of Occupancy with No. 28/28/2004, dated 7/6/2004 of the land lying and situated at 9, Johnson Umejie Street Ajao Estate.

He said the suspect, however, disallowed Ani from collecting the certificate after he had offset the loan.

He alleged that in February 2013 at Fidelity Bank plc on Victoria Island, Onuorah stole one Lagos State certificate of Occupancy with No. 28/28/2004, property of Ani.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty, was granted bail in the sum of N1million and case adjourned to May, 20, 2013.