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Five Emirates staff charged in Nigeria in relation to $1.6m theft

Accused were alleged to have stolen 4 bags containing the money, which belonged to a local Nigerian prince

Five Emirates staff charged in Nigeria in relation to $1.6m theft

Five Emirates’ employees, along with
three others, charged by the Nigerian Federal Government in relation to the
theft of $1.63 million, have had their case adjourned at the Federal High Court
sitting in Lagos.

Nigerian daily newspaper, The
Leadership
, reported
that the eight co-accused are due to stand trial on eleven
counts of stealing, fraud, obtaining money under false pretence, wilfully
destroying evidence and failure to report an international transfer of fund.
They were charged alongside Emirates, Pathfinder International Ltd and Nigerian
Aviation Handling Company Plc.

The Leadership reported that the accused were
alleged to have stolen four bags containing a total of $1.63 million at Murtala
Muhammad International Airport, Lagos in December 2007. The bags, which
belonged to Prince Chu Ikem Orji, were stolen on the promise of keeping them
intact for onward delivery to him at Guangzhou, China, the report said.

The accused were also alleged to have
wilfully destroyed the evidence by deleting the baggage details in the system.

Justice Mohammed Idris adjourned the arraignment
hearing until April 2 because one of the accused was not in court due to illness.

Emirates declined to comment on the
case.

“As this matter is currently before the court, it
would not be appropriate for Emirates to comment,” a spokesperson told Arabian Business.

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