A 30-year-old houseboy, Dayo Opebiyi, is now full of regrets as the devil pushed him to steal from his boss. He has now been sentenced to three years in prison by an Ojokoro Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ijaiye, Lagos.
He was found guilty on two counts bordering on burglary and stealing after he was accused of breaking into his master’s home and stealing various items and cash including 1000 Euros and N50,000, a digital camera, iPhone, six mobile phones, all valued at N550,000.
Opebiyi had lived at Block 62, Ojokoro Housing Estate, Meiran with his boss, one Rufus Adeojo, for two years, before he decided to commit the crimes.
The convict was said to have collected the key to Adeojo’s apartment on June 6, 2013, as he usually did and returned it a few minutes later. But on the fateful day, his boss discovered that the items were missing after he had gone into the room to clean up.
The culprit was said to have fled the home afterwards, but was later arrested by the police, who brought him before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni, on two counts of stealing and burglary.
Opebiyi claimed in a statement he made before the Meiran Police Station that he wanted to sell the items to finance his travel out of the country.
While Opebiyi was sentenced to one year for the first count, he got two years for the second count.