Shop Rites Stores’ Sales Girl Arrested For Stealing N553,966,000


A sales girl at Shoprite stores, Eti-Osa, Lagos, named Mariam Mufutau has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing the sum of N553, 956, 000 which she realized from sales just one month after her employment.

The management of Shoprite Stores had reported a case of theft to the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in charge of Ilasan Division, Lekki, Eti-Osa, SP Oyinye Onwuamaegbu and that they suspected their sales girl to have stolen their N535, 956, 000 she realized from sales just one month after her employment.

Onwuamaegbu ordered that Inspector Orukotan Lonikola arrest the accused. The accused could not give account of the missing money during the investigation.

The accused was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a two count charge of felony to wit. stealing.

Police prosecutor, Esther Adesulu informed the court in charge No: J/38/2017 that the accused committed the crime between 1 April and 31 May, 2017 at Shoprite Stores, Eti-Osa during working hours.

She informed the court that the accused betrayed the trust her employer had in her and stole the sum of N535, 956,000 realized from sales instead of remitting the money into the employer’s account.

She said the management at Shoprite Stores found out about the fraud when they audited the account.

The police prosecutor said the offence the Miriam committed is punishable under section 411 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused however pleaded not guilty and Magistrate O.O Owunmi granted her to bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till 28 July, 2017 for mention while the defendant has been taken to Kirikiri Prison until she would be able to fulfill her bail condition.

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