In a swift legal action, an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos sentenced 41-year-old hair stylist, Yusuf Adeola, to three months in prison, foreclosing any option of a fine, for his involvement in a daring wine theft valued at N1 million. The court, presided over by Magistrate O. A. Daodu, handed down the sentence after Adeola admitted guilt during the case review.
Adeola, a resident of Ikota in Ajah, Lagos State, had been arraigned on January 23 following a police investigation. The prosecution, led by Insp Sunday Bassey, outlined that the hair stylist pilfered bottles of wine on January 4 from Kofa Hartley Supermarket in Ogudu. Shockingly, this wasn’t an isolated incident, as Adeola had been surreptitiously stealing wine from the supermarket over a period.
The breakthrough in the case came when a security guard, employed by Shepherd Hill Security Company and assigned to the supermarket, caught Adeola in the act using CCTV footage. The footage revealed him making off with bottles of wine valued at N600,000, and later, another batch worth N400,000 on a different occasion.
According to Bassey, Adeola’s wine theft spree didn’t stop there. On January 4, he attempted yet another heist but was apprehended. During interrogation, Adeola confessed to a prior theft in November, where he sold Martell Wine for N500,000 to a woman in Apogbon Market on Lagos Island.
This swift and decisive sentencing sends a clear message about the consequences of criminal activities, even seemingly trivial ones. Adeola’s illicit escapades have not only led to his imprisonment but also exposed the intricacies of his wine-stealing enterprise. The court’s ruling underscores the importance of safeguarding businesses against theft and the significance of utilizing surveillance technology to bring culprits to justice.