Beninoise Food Seller Bags 6 Years Imprisonment For Being Accessory To Crime

  • Food seller, Janet Kenu sentenced to 6 years in jail

  • Court convicts Janet Kenu for being an accessory to the theft of jewellery worth N40 million, cash sums of $5,250 and £5,000

  • Kenu told the court that she had never partaken in any such crime since she arrived in Nigeria “during former President Shehu Shagari’s administration.”

By Adejuwon OSUNNUYI

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A Beninoise food seller, Janet Kenu, was today, convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment, for being an accessory to burglary, by an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.

The court presided over by Magistrate A. T. Omoyele convicted Kenu for being an accessory to the theft of jewellery worth N40 million, cash sums of $5,250 and £5,000 belonging to the complainant, Mr Ajisola Yomi.

She sentenced Kenu to two years imprisonment each on three separate counts of accessory to burglary and accessory to stealing.

The court, however, found the defendant not guilty on one count of failure to prevent house breaking and stealing.

The sentences, which were without an option of a fine, will run concurrently, meaning Kenu will spend only two years in jail.

Kenu, of Otodo Gbame community, near Lekki, Lagos, was first arraigned before the court July 21, 2017, on four counts of accessory to burglary and stealing and “deliberate neglect to prevent the commission or completion of house breaking and stealing.”

The prosecutor, Sergeant Cyriacus Osuji said Kenu and her accomplices, who are at large, committed the alleged offences at about 12am on March 10, 2016 at A19, NICON Town Estate, Lekki.

The prosecutor said Kenu’s accomplices burgled Yomi’s home while he was away and carted away his properties including jewellery and foreign currencies.

The offences according to the prosecutor contravened sections 16(1)(b), 19, 285, 305(b) of the Criminal Law, Laws of Lagos State, 2011, and punishable under the same laws.

Kenu had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

During the trial, she told the court that she had never partaken in any such crime since she arrived in Nigeria “during former President Shehu Shagari’s administration.”

Kenu accused the police of arresting and prosecuting her in place of her teenage son, who was employed by the complainant.

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