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Woman Sponsors Boyfriend Abroad With Stolen Funds

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

A woman in her late 20s, Busayo Alagbe, has been arrested and dragged to court for allegedly stealing money from her employer to sponsor her boyfriend to the United Kingdom.

Consequently, she was arraigned before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, with the allegation of forging bank documents and robbing her employer, Bridgeway Ventures, of N4.5m.

Alagbe was charged with a three-count charge bordering on the conversion of employer funds, stealing and forgery.

The prosecutor, Godwin Oriabure, said the defendant committed the crime between July and November 2022, in the Gbagada area of Lagos State.

He added that during interrogation, Busayo confessed to have used the stolen money to sponsor her boyfriend’s travelling expenses to the UK.

Oriabure told the court that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 287(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The charge read in part, “That you, Busayo Alagbe, between July and November 2022, at no 17 Olujobi Street, Gbagada Estate, Lagos, in the Yaba Magisterial District, did fraudulently convert the sum of Four-Million Five Hundred and Thirty One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Naira, property of Olayinka Blackshear and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 287(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate A.O Salawu granted the defendant bail in N1m with two responsible sureties and adjourned the matter till January 19, 2023.

Stonix News reports that the ‘japa’ syndrome (migrating from Nigeria) has become phenomenal in the last 12 months following insecurity, high cost of living, hunger and poverty that have appallingly characterised the current regime in Nigeria since inception in 2015.

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