3 Businessmen Facing Charges for Alleged Theft of N47.5m worth of goods

On October 5th, 2023, three businessmen presented themselves formally in an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court over the alleged theft of 375 bags of sesame seed worth N47.5 million.

The three businessmen reside in Lagos and they are being tried for conspiracy and stealing. Their names include:

Ime Essien, 49

Nnamdi Obianuka, 36, and

Chidera Stephen, 21

It was disclosed to the court that the offences were committed on 8th August at No 9, Warf Road, Apapa, Lagos by the Prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem.

Akeem explained that the complainant, Mr Olubunmi Olumekun, employed the services of the three men in loading and transporting 375 bags of sesame seed weighing 37.5 tonnes, worth N47.5 million.

The prosecutor added that the men were to deliver the bags of seed to various destinations in Lagos and Ogun state but they failed to do so and all efforts made by the complainant to get back his goods were to no avail.

The three men pleaded not guilty to the charges and the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi, granted them bail in the sum of N3 million each, with two sureties in like sum.

The case was however adjourned by the Magistrate until October 23 for mention.