Lebanese Immigrant And Colleagues Steal Company Properties Worth N7 Million
A Lebanese foreigner, identified as Mr Antioni Alromi was arraigned in a magistrate court sitting in Abakaliki yesterday for the alleged theft of properties worth over N7 million, belonging to LANA Construction Company limited.
Mr Antioni however, was not alone in the alleged crime. Other suspects include a 46-year-old supervisor at LANA Construction Company, Malachi Ogbodao (39 years old), Offia Benjamin (25 years old), and Gregory Ndukwe (42 years old).
“That you Antoine Alromi and Offia Benjamin and others at large sometimes in the month of July 2017, at Abakaliki in the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 A (a) of the Criminal Court, Cap 33, vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State 2009.
“That you Antoine Alromi and Offia Benjamin in the same date, place and in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did steal two 1.5kva transformer valued at three million, five hundred thousand naira each, total value of property stolen, seven million naira only, property of Lana Construction Company Ltd and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 390 (6) of the Criminal code, cap 33, vol 1, laws of Ebonyi State 2009.”
While Antioni Alromi was involved in the theft of the company’s properties, Malachi Ogbodo and Gregory Friday were arraigned for attempting to purchase the stolen properties from the Lebanese expatriate.
When the case was called up for a hearing session in the court, the Counsel to the second, third, and fourth accused persons, Gabriel Onyibe appealed that the suspects be granted bail on liberal terms as they were well-known citizens of the community.
The prosecuting counsel, however, namely Kenneth Adokeme opposed the bail appeal for the second accused person and also asked that the court refuse to grant bail to Mr Alromi who did not have a counsel representing him.
The prosecuting counsel again further alleged that the first accused person had also collected money amounting to more than N3 million from people through pretence and was set to be arraigned in another court, form charges incurred by that activity.
The counsel further alleged that the first and second accused persons had also already made statements in which they confessed to the crime. He also added that the police had overwhelming evidence against them.
On the other hand, the presiding Magistrate, Olughu Nnachi, in his ruling noted that the offence was a bailable one.
The Lebanese and second accused, Offia Benjamin Amechi were however granted bail by the Magistrate, to the sum of N10 million two sureties for the same amount.
“The first accused must also tender his international passport while the two suretiess must be Civil Servants of grade level 15 or above”, he said.
The third and fourth accused persons were also granted bail to the sum of N5 million and two surfaces in like sum.