Written By Olugbenga Soyele
The police in Lagos has arraigned a 31-year-old Chinese, Tu Menglei, before the Lagos State Chief Magistrates’ Court in Yaba, for allegedly stealing N72.7 million from his employer, Perfect Diamond Industries Limited.
The foreigner was docked before the court on a Four-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The police prosecutor, Rita Momah, told the court that the defendant committed the offences between June 2021 and February 26, 2022, at the Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos State.
Momah had also informed the court that the defendant, while he was employed as a manager with Perfect Diamond Industries Limited, converted money realised from the sale of furniture materials to his private use.
The prosecutor insisted that the offences violated sections 411 and 287 (7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following his plea, Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum.
Adedayo also directed that one of the sureties must be a worker at the Chinese Embassy, while the other must be a Chinese citizen employed in Nigeria.
She further held that the defendant must deposit his passport.
The court then adjourned the matter to April 26 for mention.