I have learnt that successful Shawarma businesses can no longer be termed 'small' or 'medium'.

The people gathered in the court room during proceedings were amazed each time the sum was mentioned - 3.7 million naira.

Ebunoluwa Adeyemi claims the accused has been depositing only 50 percent of earnings from the business at the bank.

She claims the accused has kept the other half in another account which is not registered in the company's name.

The prosecutor, Mike Unah told an Ikeja Magistrates' Court that the accused committed the offence between December 2016 and March 17, 2017, at a Sharwama Outlet, situated at Ogba area of Lagos.

"When Adeyemi eventually discovered that the accused was stealing from her, she decided to confront Olatunji, who denied stealing any money from her.

"Adeyemi reported the matter to the police and the accused was arrested for further questioning,” Unah said.

He noted that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 285 prescribes a three-year jail term for stealing.

In her response, 28 year old Olatunji pleaded not guilty. She blamed her boss for not keeping proper records and spending more time managing other businesses.

The Magistrate, A.O Gbajumo, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until May 2.