” Kleptomaniac Nigerian Actress, Yetunde Akilapa, Arraigned In Court For Theft

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

The actress, 32, who lives 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, NAN

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.

According to him, the accused was apprehended
while trying to enter the apartment of the
complainant, Adeboye Lamidi.

Mr Lamidi 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

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

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“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

Ms Akilapa came into the film industry in 2013
and acted in a Yoruba film, “ Ileri-Oluwa’’,
which brought her to limelight.

The actress 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

She was sent to the Kirikiri Prison and after a
few months, she regained her freedom in
November 2013.

On January 12, 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.

The offences 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

She adjourned the case until October 22.

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