Guard, cleaner arrested and sued for sleeping off while N10m worth of goods were stolen
The police have charged a security guard Gabriel Elijah and a cleaner Eju Bright, with committing the crime alongside their alleged accomplices who are at large.
They reportedly slept off while some people burgled a luxury goods store and a hair salon at No. 8a, Babatunde Anjous Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos last Saturday, carting away goods valued at over N10million.
It was learnt that, last Saturday, a hairdresser employed by the salon owner, Mr Abiodun Yusuf, resumed for work at around 6am but met the building’s gate locked.
She knocked on the gate until Elijah, who had apparently been sleeping, came out of the gatehouse to let her in. The lady went in but discovered that the salon and the luxury goods shop had been burgled.
It was later discovered that the lock on the back door entrance to the building was open and the lock had been broken. Elijah and Bright, who also slept in the gatehouse that night, were arrested by the police from the Maroko Police Station, Lekki.
It was learnt that they told the police that they both slept off around midnight after Elijah locked up the building and did not wake up until around 6am when they heard the knock on the gate.
They were arraigned yesterday before Mrs. A. O. Komolafe of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. They are standing trial on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, breaking, entering, stealing and failure to prevent a felony.
The defendants pleaded not guilty. Magistrate Komolafe granted them N1million bail each with two sureties in the like sum who must be gainfully employed, show evidence of three years’ tax payment and have verified addresses. She adjourned the case till May 23.