Actress Yetunde Akilapa Arraigned In Court For Theft


Yoruba movie actress and film maker, Yetunde Akilapa, was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court where she was charged with break-in and stealing valuables worth N7 million.

According to report, the 32 years old actress, a resident at No.7, Oladelola St., Ketu area of Lagos, is standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on burglary and stealing to which she pleaded not guilty, while the police Prosecutor Benson Emuerhi told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 27 at No. 14/16, Mutairu St., Shangisha, Ketu, a suburb of Lagos, at 2.10 p.m.

The prosecutor for told the court that the accused was apprehended while trying to enter the apartment of the complainant, Adeboye Lamidi.

"Ms Akilapa used a different key to unlock the door of the complainant house but was caught in the act", he said.

While Lamidi who also alleged that he was in his sitting room when he noticed someone was trying to open the door to his apartment with a key from outside said;

“l peeped through the door hole and l saw the accused trying to open my door with a key.”

The prosecutor also alleged that the accused on November 16, 2015 at 3.00 p.m. broke into the residence of Oyinlola Tuga by unlocking the door with a master key.

Tuga, who lives at No. 39A, Ayodele Okeowo St., Gbagada Soluyi in Lagos, reported that the accused stole jewellery, bags and other valuables worth N7 million.

“Tuga alleged that after raising alarm that his house had been burgled, his neighbours told him that they saw the accused parked her car with registration no. MUS 689 CZ in front of the complainant’s house.

“They challenged her and found the stolen items and a hundred bunch of keys on her.

“The accused was apprehended and handed over to the police at Ifako Police Station,” he said.

Recall that Ms Akilapa who joined the Yoruba movie industry in 2013 by acting in the movie titled “ Ileri-Oluwa’’, that brought her to limelight, was earlier reported to be in the news for stealing and breaking into people’s homes years ago and has been on the police wanted list for the past three years.

The actress was in the news in February 2013 when it was reported that she was arrested for robbery by the police in Alade, Somolu area of Lagos, after which she was sent to the Kirikiri Prison and after few months, regained freedom in November 2013.

Then on teh 12th of January, 2014, she was again caught trying to steal with a bunch of master keys hidden in her brassiere at a house in Magodo Phase 2. Offences that contravened Sections 287, 307 and 308 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing, while Section 307 prescribes seven years for burglary. The Magistrate, Olufunke Sule-Amzat, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two responsible sureties. Mrs Sule-Amzat said the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government, while adjourning the case until October 22.

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