A 19-year-old unemployed woman, Ifeoluwa Adekunle, charged with stealing N60,000 at a wedding was on Wednesday arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Adekunle, a resident of Alagbado, Lagos, was said to have committed the offence on Dec. 12, 2016, at La-Occasion Event Centre, New Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Clement Okuoimose, the defendant unlawfully entered into the wedding reception of one Mrs Adeshina Adeyanju and stole N60, 000 belonging to the bride.
He told the court that the money was stolen from the bride’s bag while she was dancing.
“The accused, who was not invited to the wedding, stole the celebrant’s money,” he said.
According to Okuoimose, the complainant was dancing with her well wishers who were spraying money on her, while the accused pretending to be dancing too was busy stealing her money.
“The accused, who gate-crashed into the wedding was pretending to be sharing in the joy of the complainant, not knowing that she was using style to steal the money and put it in her bag.
“The complainant’s sister noticed and the accused was challenged. Her bag was searched and N60, 000 in different dominations was found.
“Another N3, 000 was found separately but the accused confessed that she stole that N3,000 from another wedding before coming to the complainant’s,” he said.
The prosecutor told the court that the offence contravened section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and was admitted to bail by the Magistrate, Mrs O.Y Ekogbule, at the sum of N40, 000, with two sureties in like sum.