Three persons, Amarachi Ojinkeya, Patience Igwe and Tochuchkwu Mathias were on Wednesday arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos?for stealing N5.1 million belonging to their master.

Ojinkeya, 18, Igwe, 29 and Mathias, 20, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The prosecutor, ASP Augustine Orji, told the court that the trio were sales girls and boy and worked for Mr Okwudili Igwe in his shop at The Lord’s Plaza, 150 Broad Street, Lagos.

“The accused persons committed the crime between June 2012 and January 2013. They stole both goods and money and carefully covered up their tracks until the company took stock in January and discovered the theft.

“Mr Okwudili said his suspicion zeroed in on the trio when he discovered incriminating correspondence between them through the company phones assigned to them, where he also found details of suspicious bank transactions,’’ Orji said.

The prosecutor added that the offence contravened Sections 409 and 285 (1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Ms A. O. Awogboro, granted them bail for?N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum, and adjourned the case to Feb. 28. (NAN)