A 28-year-old housemaid, Juliana Nwosu, has been arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrateâ€™s Court for allegedly stealing gold jewellery estimated at N13m from the bedroom of her mistress, Mrs. Uren Iheme.
The police said the incident happened at the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State.
The Imo State Indigene had reportedly worked as a maid for three different people before she was contracted to work with Iheme by an agent, Simeon Bayas.
All was well until November 23, 2013, when Iheme allegedly went inside her bedroom and discovered that her jewellery and some other personal effects were missing.
Nwosu, was also said to have fled the house. She was said to have taken shelter in the house of her boyfriend, one Chibueze Ajomiwe.
The complainant on discovering the theft reported the matter at the Maroko Police Division.
The Investigating Police Officer, Inspector Akinlolu Owolabi, was said to have led a team of policemen to arrest the Bayas who introduced the suspect to Iheme.
More investigations led to the arrest of the defendant and her boyfriend.
The housemaid was arraigned for theft, while her agent and boyfriend were arraigned for conspiracy.
The charge read, â€œThat you, Juliana Nwosu, Simeon Bayas, Chibueze Ajomiwe, did steal various jewellery valued N13m, property of one Uren Iheme, of 1, Oyinbo Adejaho Street, off Admiralty way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.â€
The police prosecutor, Corporal Cyriacus Osuji, said the offence was punishable under sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The magistrate, Mr O.O Olatunji, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N1m each with two sureties in like sum.
The matter was adjourned till February 19, 2014.