A 21-year-old man, Solomon Effiong, was docked at an Ogudu Magistrates Court in Lagos on Thursday for allegedly stealing chemicals worth N10 million belonging to his employer, Jepho Okeson Enterprises Ltd.
Effiong, who resides at Agility in the Mile 12 area of Lagosis charged with conspiracy and attempted theft.
Prosecution attorney Insp Donjour Perezi told the court that the defendant committed the offense between 2016 and 2022 at Jepho Okeson Enterprises Ltd. located in Ojota, Lagos.
He said the defendant, a company staff member, entered the premises and stole certain quantities of chemicals consisting of sulfuric acid, menthol and peppermint oil crystals.
Other chemicals, he said, are paraffin oil and some empty plastics.
He said that the defendant also on September 13, at around 10 p.m., broke into the company’s premises and tried to steal the same products again, but was caught by the security guard named Abbey.
Perezi said the security guard called the complainant, Mr Jephthah Udeozor, on the phone to report the matter.
He said the offense violated the provisions of sections 287(7), 406(2) and 411 of the criminal code
Lagos State Law, 2015.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs. MO Tanimola, granted the defendant bail in the amount of 1 million naira with two bail bonds of a similar sum.
She said one of the surgeries had to be a blood relative.
The case was adjourned until November 11 for a hearing.