Two women in court over N9.8m fraud


Two women who allegedly stole N9.8 million belonging to their employer were on Friday arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The accused – Helen Ayorinde, 30, an accountant, and Oluwafunmilayo Lawal, 30, a cashier, were charged with conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offences were committed between January to February, 2017, at Mohagafar Oil and Gas Ltd, Abule Egba, Lagos.

Ogu said that the defendants and the manager of the company, who is now at large, conspired to defraud the company of N9.8 million.

“The owner of the company noticed some discrepancies in the company’s account and he employed the services of external auditors.

“It was discovered that the two accused and the manager failed to remit N9.8 million to the company’s account,” he said.

Ogu said that the two accused were apprehended, while the manager escaped.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, granted them bail in the sum of N2 million each, with two sureties each in like sum.

Akanni adjourned the case till March 22 for mention.