Ngozi Ojini has been working with her Chinese employer for many years as a housekeeper.

But that did not stop her from having a role in the theft of valuables worth N23.2 million from her employer.

The 27-year-old was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court alongside Rosemary Sunday, 28, and Chiamaka Ojini, 26.

They are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, but they pleaded not guilty.

Police Prosecutor Peter Nwangwu said that the accused committed the offences on Dec. 11, 2018, at 2.00p.m. at No. 20-24, Ozumba Nbadiwe Road, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Nwangwu said that the accused stole valuables belonging to the complainant, Mrs Jannat Pawan Sharma.

He said that the accused stole cell phones, iPad, gold coins, diamond rings and different sets of gold jewellery from the Chinese.

“The housekeeper, who had been working for the complainant for years, connived with the others, broke into her room, stole the items and disappeared.

“The complainant reported the case to the police, and the accused were apprehended after an investigation,” he said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, while Section 287 stipulates seven-year jail term for stealing from one’s employer.

The Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, granted the accused bail of N2.7 million each with two sureties each in like sum.

Aje-Afunwa said that one of the sureties should be a blood relation of the accused.

She ordered that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until April 4, for mention.

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