Four security guards — Peace Olokpa, Josephat Awohompire, Ezekiel Odumodu and Nwabueze Miller — on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over the theft of 10 laptops valued at N899, 000.
They are charged with conspiracy, burglary and stealing.
Olokpa, 28, lives at Berger; Awhompire, 27, resides at Agege, while Odumodu, 21, and Miller, 32, both reside in Ikeja area of Lagos.
The prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, said that the accused committed the offences in January, at Seasons Plaza, Ikeja, and Lagos.
He said that the accused conspired and failed to prevent the stealing of 10 laptops valued at N899, 000, property of Magalex Nigeria Ltd.
“The staff resumed work and discovered that the door glass to the main office had been removed and thieves had carted away 10 laptops,” Ayorinde said.
The prosecutor said that the accused, who neglected their primary duty to protect property in their custody, claimed innocence.
“They were handed over to the police,” he said.
The offence contravened Sections 410 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused risk two years in prison if convicted according to the provisions of the section.
Meanwhile, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail, each in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties each in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mrs O.J Awope, said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until February 19 for mention.