A Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Ogba, has sentenced a manager with MRS Service Station, Akoka branch, Amedu Friday, to four years imprisonment with hard labour, without an option of fine, for stealing N2,397,650.
The court, presided over by Magistrate K. A. Ogundare, convicted the station manager after he found him guilty of the two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing levelled against him by the men of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, of Lagos State Police Command, Panti, Yaba.
The convict was first arraigned before the court in January 2014, on the alleged offences, which the prosecutor, Inspector Cousin Adams, said were contrary to and punishable under Sections 409 and 285 (7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The prosecutor, Adams, informed the court that the convict and one Simeon Ejiro, still at large, broke the security safe of the petrol station and stole the said sum.
According to him, the convict was the only person that kept and knew the security safe key and code, and that there was no way the convict could be exonerated from the offence. The convict denied the offence, claiming that his office was burgled by his alleged conspirator, Simeon Ejiro. Magistrate Ogundare convicted and sentenced the manager to two years with hard labour on each count.