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Two Beninese arraigned for N36m ‘theft’

36-year-old woman in court over alleged N21.2m fraud
Two Beninese were on Wednesday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing jewellery and property worth N38 million belonging to one Mrs Obianuju Chukwukelu.

The defendants, Felix Hounpkevi, a cook and Hyppolyte Todeho, domestic servant, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, intent to commit felony and theft before Magistrate Mrs O.O. Fajana.

Prosecuting Inspector, Patrick Ebri, told the court that the defendants committed the offence in May at No. 25, Aladin Close, Northern Foreshore Estate, Lekki, Lagos.

Ebri said the defendants who are citizens of Benin Republic connived and stole Mrs Chukwukelu’s two Rolex watches, two American passports, two Nigerian passports and a computer laptop valued at N36 million.

He said the defendants and others at large broke into her room and stole the said properties and ran away.

He said the complainant, Mrs Chukwukelu reported the matter to the police.

The defendants pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate granted them bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the case until November 20.

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