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Nigerian Shoprite Stores Sales Girl Steals ₦554 Million In Lagos


A Shoprite Stores sales girl, identified as Mariam Mufutau, has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing the sum of N553, 956, 000 which were said to be proceed from sales.

She was arrested just one month after securing employment.

The management of Shoprite Stores reported the case of theft to the Divisional Police Officer, in charge of Ilasan Division, Lekki, Eti-Osa, SP Oyinye Onwuamaegbu claiming that they suspected their sales girl to have stolen their N535,956,000 she realized from sales just one month after she was employed.

Onwuamaegbu ordered Inspector Orukotan Lonikola to arrest the suspect following the report.

 During investigation, Mariam could not give a coherent account of the missing money.

She was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a two-count charge of felony to wit and stealing.

Police prosecutor, Esther Adesulu, informed the court in charge No: J/38/2017 that the accused committed the alleged offence between 1 April and 31 May, 2017 at Shoprite Stores, Eti-Osa during working hours.

Adesulu told the court that Mariam betrayed the trust her employer reposed in her as a sales girl and stole the sum of N535, 956,000 which were proceed from sales instead of remitting the money into her employer’s account.

She said the fraud was uncovered by the management at Shoprite Stores when they audited the account.

Adesulu said the offence the accused committed was punishable under section 411 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the crime and Magistrate O.O Owunmi granted her to bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned by Owunmi till 28 July, 2017, while the defendant was taken to Kirikiri Prison pending when she would be able to fulfill her bail condition.

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