A 55-year-old staff of the Lagos State Treasury Office at Alausa, Ikeja, Alli Muideen, was on Friday charged with stealing N3.05 million belonging to the office at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Muideen a resident of Plot. 94, Ayedun St., Iloye Estate, Sango-Ota in Ogun, is facing a charge of stealing.
He, however, denied the charge.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that Muideen committed the offence sometime in 2015 at the Treasury Office at the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Ikeja.
Ayorinde said the accused, who is an accountant, secretly removed the sum of N3.05 million from the treasury’s bank account.
According to him, the money was meant for infrastructural and website development in the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“Muideen instead converted the money to his own personal use.
“This was later discovered by the management and all efforts to get the accused to refund the money proved abortive, hence the report.,” Ayorinde said.
The offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 provides three years imprisonment for offenders.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.J. Awope, granted the accused bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum, who must be gainfully employed.
The case was adjourned to Feb. 26 for mention. (NAN)