Sales boy of Oyo Gov’s wife docked for theft

The Police arraigned a 24-year-old man before an Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for allegedly disappearing with sales money from the shop of the wife of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State.

Afeez Ajibola of 22 Oke-Bola, Ogunpa Road, Ibadan, was arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on stealing.

The Police Prosecutor, Cpl. Kola Olaiya told the court that Ajibola, on Nov. 25, at about 9 a.m. at Grandex Stores, Palm Màll, Ring road, Ibadan, allegedly made away with the sum of N227,945.

Ajibola was also alleged to have stolen one black wallet valued at N3,000 and one key ring holder valued N2, 500.

He said the total value of items stolen by Ajibola from Grandex Stores was N233,445.

According to the Prosecutor, the Supervisor had instructed Ajibola, a sales boy at Grandex store, to pay the sum of N227,945 to the stores account.

“The Supervisor, Mrs Adetoun Adigun, said she used to remit everyday’s sales money to the bank as a routine, but on Nov.25, she sent Ajibola instead.

“Adigun said she sent Ajibola to remit the sum of N227,945 to the stores account at the bank on her behalf, being sales money of the previous day, Nov. 24.”
Olaiya said Adigun forgot to ask Ajibola for the teller, two days after Ajibola failed to come to work.

“On Dec. 2, Grandex director, Mrs Ajimobi asked Adigun to bring all the tellers with her after discovering that Nov. 25 teller was missing.

“Adigun called Ajibola on his cell phone to bring the money and it dawned on Mrs Adigun that Ajibola did not pay any money to the shop’s account,” said Olaiya.

Olaiya said the Police later arrested Ajibola searched his room, where a purse and keyholder were found, which he admitted taking from the shop.

Ajibola, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts when read to him in court.

Olaiya said the offence contravened section 390 (6) of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II Laws of Oyo State 2000.

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