Former House Of Reps Member, Lawyer Charged With Stealing.. Photo
Posted On 19/01/2017
A former House of Representatives Member, Nze Chidi Duru and a senior lawyer, Smart Iheazor, were on Monday arraigned before a Magistrate Court in the Tinubu area of Lagos Island over allegations of stealing. The duo, who reside in Abuja, are facing a four-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, stealing, breach of peace and impersonation preferred against them by the police.
They were alleged to have conspired to commit the alleged offences on January 11, 2017. The defendants who are both senior lawyers of 28 and 30 years in the Bar, allegedly committed the offences at 65 Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja Lagos. The prosecutor told the court that the defendants and others, who are still at large, stole three office files and one HP Laptop valued at 250,000 Naira, property of First Guarantee Pension Limited (FGPL). He also said that the duo conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by wilfully and unlawfully invading First Guarantee Pension Ltd office with intent to forcefully take over the management and assets of the company. According to the prosecutor, the offences are punishable under sections 409, 285, 166 (D) and 378 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. The defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges and the Magistrate, Mr A. A. Adefulire, granted them bail in the sum of 500,000 Naira each, with one surety each in like sum.
The matter was then adjourned till March 9 and 10, for hearing.