Court acquits businessman of theft charge after 5 years



Grant Samuel, a 52-year-old businessman, who was arraigned by the EFCC on a N6 million theft charge, was on Friday discharged and acquitted on the orders of an Ikeja High Court.

Samuel, who lives at No. 21, Sowemimo St., Ikeja, was alleged to have committed the offence sometime in April 2012 in Lagos by  converting N6 million belonging to Mr Babatunde Banjo, the complainant, to personal use.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to prove the one-count charge of stealing brought against Samuel.

“The defendant’s statement at the EFCC is not a confessional statement in law; the prosecution in this case failed to establish the three ingredients of stealing.

“The defendant is found not guilty of the offence as charged and he is hereby discharged and acquitted,” she ruled.

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