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Supervisor ‘steals’ N23m from Federal Palace Hotel


…Hides cash in his shoes

A hotel supervisor, Paul Mogaji, who allegedly stole N23million from Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, was Wednesday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Mogaji, 46, was arraigned by the Victoria Island Police Division before Mrs A. F. Botoku on a one-count charge marked B/11/2017 bordering on stealing.

The defendant, a resident ‎of No. 23, Onitire Street, Itire, Surulere, was a supervisor in the hotel’s finance department.

Prosecuting Sergeant Francisca Job told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence sometime between January 2013 and November 2016, at the hotel.

She alleged that Mogaji, who was in charge of the hotel’s casino, stole the money, property of the hotel, in several tranches.

Responding to a question from Magistrate Botoku, Job said: “The defendant stole the money bit by bit. He took the cash out of the hotel by hiding them in his shoes.”

The alleged offence, according to the prosecutor, is punishable under Section 287(7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.

Mogaji pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Botoku granted him N500,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum, who must show evidence of three years’ tax payment.

She adjourned the case till March 27.









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