Rose Patrick, 25 a housekeeper was yesterday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing N150million worth of jewellery from her employer, Mrs Oyindamola Odegbami, wife of former Eagles star Chief Segun Odegbami.
The accused was arraigned with her friend, Esther Pam and Mrs Odegbami’s driver Mohammed Abdulazeez (26) before Magistrate Y.O. Aje-Afunwa on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
Prosecuting Inspector Peter Nwangwu said the defendants committed the offence on December 10, 2016 at Mrs Odegbami’s residence at Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to him, Mrs Odegbami upon discovering that her jewellery and some personal effects were missing from her bedroom reported the matter to the authorities.
The prosecutor listed the missing personal effects to include: “a set of Roberto Coin Gold set valued at $15,000 (N7.5million), a set of Van Clef Diamond and Gold Butterfly Jewellery valued at $50,000 (N25million).
“A dangling gold jewellery set valued at $50,000 (N25million), a set of black and white diamonds valued at $75,000 (N37.5million), a plain gold set valued at $15,000 (N7.5million).
“A big set of gold and diamond encrusted pendant valued at $50,000 (N25million) as well as other valuable personal and household items such as an Ipad, three Blackberry mobile phones, six Ankara fabrics etc,” he said.
The prosecutor said Mrs Odegbami on noticing that the items were missing, realised that her housekeeper, who never returned to work after her vacation might have stolen them.
Nwangwu said the complainant reported the theft to the police, which led to the arrest of Patrick at the home of her boyfriend, Corporal Mathias Hussein, a mobile policeman of Mopol 43, Lion Building, Obalende, Lagos.
According to him, investigations also revealed that Abdulazeez and Pam, had aided Patrick in carrying the items in suitcases from Mrs Odegbami’s home.
“On interrogation by the police, Patrick admitted stealing Mrs Odegbami’s household items and personal effects but denied taking the jewellery.
“The property she admitted stealing were recovered from the Mobile Police Barracks residence of her boyfriend Corporal Hussein at Obalende, Lagos,” Nwangwu said.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
Counsel to Mrs Odegbami, Mr Kennedy Osunwa, said Corporal Hussein, was yet to be arraigned in court with the other accused.
“The police are yet to charge and arraign Corporal Mathias Hussein, for conspiracy and retention of stolen property in his official residence,” Osunwa said.
Magistrate Y.O Aje-Afunwa granted the accused N2million bail with two sureties each in the like sum.
Aje-Afunwa said the sureties must be homeowners who must provide evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government
She adjourned the case until September 15.