STOCKFISH heads valued at N11.5 million are already causing headache for five men alleged to have stolen the delicacy. The suspects are Emeka Chukwu, 41; Chidi Ekah, 41; Edwin Onyebuchi, 39; Ndubisi Obiora, 37 and Abuchi Nwani, 35. The incident occurred at Iddo Motor Park in Ebute Metta.
According to the police, the men connived and stole sacks containing stockfish heads valued at N11.5 million, property of one Ejim Okwudiri.
The men were arraigned before an Ebutte Metta magistrates’ court where they all pleaded not guilty. They are facing a two-count charge bordering on stealing and conspiracy.
The chief magistrate, Mrs O. I. Adelaja, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.
She, however, adjourned and fixed February 29 for mention.
Their offences contravene sections 285 (a) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which prescribes a seven year jail term.