Court remands husband, sister for allegedly stealing N700,000 from wife

A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, on Thursday ordered that a 46-year-old man, Ola Habila and his sister Joy, 30, be remanded in a correctional centre over an alleged theft of N700,000 from wife.

The duo were charged by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for allegedly stealing money belonging to Janet, Habila’s wife.

Mr Marcus Audu, the NSCDC prosecutor, told the court that the matter was reported to the corps office by Janet on Jan.12, saying the defendants went to the complainant’s room, threw her belongings out and sent her out of the house following a misunderstanding.

He noted that the defendants were said to have stolen the complainant’s N700, 000 in the process.

The prosecutor added that the complainant reported the matter to the NSCDC, and when summoned, the first defendant refused to make a statement and tried to create a scene at the Corp’s office.

He said in view of this, the defendants were charged for criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft, refusing to make statement and obstructing public servant from discharge of his function.

According to him, the offences run contrary to sections 58, 333, 270, 108 and 113 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

However, when the charges were read to the defendants, they both pleaded not guilty.

In his ruling, Magistrate Michael Bawa ordered them to be remanded in a correctional centre.

Bawa thereafter adjourned the matter until Feb.8 for hearing.


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