Lagos arraigns woman for alleged theft of N135m from employer

By Adebisi Onanuga


A woman, Motunrayo Ayisire has been arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly stealing N134million from her employer, Bartal West Africa Limited.

Ayisire was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing before Justice OluwatoyinTaiwo.

She pleaded not guilty.

The state  prosecutor, Mrs O.A Bajulaiye-Bishi,  said the defendant committed the offences alongside others now at large between May and June 2016 in Lagos.

According to her, the defendant and others diverted the sum of N134million from the account of Bartal West Africa Limited to the accounts of two other companies, Molas Divine Touch Venture Limited and BDC Company.

The offences, she said, contravene Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015.


Following her not guilty plea, her counsel, Mr U.V Okoroafor, informed the court that he had filed a bail application dated November 10, 2020.

He prayed the court to admit the defendant to bail.

“She is a nursing mother. She has never interfered with police investigations and always attended proceedings since the trial commenced at the Magistrate Court,” he said.

In her ruling, JusticeTaiwo granted her bail in the sum of N50million with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until May 10 for trial.

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