Court acquits Lagos lawyer Yetunde Souza of N50m theft charge

Lagos Lawyer Yetunde Souza acquitted of theft charge
By Moji Eniola/Lagos

An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday acquitted Lagos lawyer Yetunde Souza, accused of stealing N50.2Million from Dominos Stores and Ozone Cinemas.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi held: “the state failed to establish a prima facie against the defendant as there was no nexus linking the defendant to the allegations”.

Acquitting Souza, Adebiyi held that Souza only acted in her professional capacities in the lease of the property in question.

The Lagos State Government had charged Sousa with theft, alleging she committed the offence between May and December 2011 at the Dominos Stores, Alagomeji, Lagos.

The offence, the state added, contravened the provisions of Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap C17, Vol. 2 of Lagos State 2003.

The lead state prosecutor, Mrs Rotimi Odutola alleged that the N50.2Million which belonged to the supermarket and cinema was given to her by Mr Michael Murray-Bruce.

The money was for the renewal of the lease of a property situated at 1 Habour Road, Apapa, Lagos which belonged to NFS Food and Cold Storage Ltd.

During the course of trial, three witnesses testified on behalf of the prosecution and three witnesses including the defendant also testified for the defence.

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