The Ogudu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos has arraigned a 44-year-old herdsman, Nurudeen Disu, for allegedly stealing 33 cows worth N20 million from his boss.
The defendant, who lives in Anthony Village, Lagos State, denied the theft charge brought against him.
The prosecutor, Inspector Bassey Sunday, told the court that the defendant and others stole the cows between 2019 and 2023 behind the Newcastle Hotel in Anthony Village.
He said the cows belonged to Mr. Bashura Adebuosu, who employed the defendant as a caretaker.
Inspector Sunday said, “The complainant gave 50 cows, valued at N20 million, to his political associate, Ibrahim Mustapha, of Useni Street, Anthony Village, who later hired Disu (the defendant) to look after them.”
He added, “When Otunba Bashura went to collect the cows recently, he found out that the defendant had made away with 33 out of the 50 cows in his custody. The defendant could not explain what happened to the missing cows.”
Inspector Sunday noted that the defendant’s action contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mrs. O. A. Daodu, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties in like sum.
She ordered that one of the sureties must be a prominent Hausa leader in Lagos State and the other must be a religious leader.
The case was adjourned till November 6 for hearing.