Thieves Burgle Lyon Forward Traore’s House During European Tie

Lyon’s Burkinabe forward Bertrand Traore (R) shoots and scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match between Olympique Lyonnais and SL Benfica at the Decines Groupama Stadium, on November 5, 2019.


Burkina Faso striker Bertrand Traore was the victim of a burglary while playing for Lyon in their Champions League win over Benfica, police said Wednesday.

Police arrived at Traore’s home at around 9.20 pm (2020 GMT) Tuesday to discover the front door forced open and that thieves had broken into a safe before fleeing the scene.

Traore was brought on as a substitute in the game at Groupama Stadium and scored a late goal in a 3-1 victory for the French side.

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According to the Lyon Mag website, a significant sum of money and luxury watches worth up to 300,000 euros ($332,000) were stolen from the property in the eastern Lyon suburbs.

Last February three Lyon players including Dutch forward Memphis Depay were burgled while their club was playing Barcelona.

Depay had already been robbed last September, while Lyon were playing Nice. On that occasion property worth, more than one million euros was taken.

Officials and players in Marseille and Paris have also been targets during games in recent years.


Lyon Footballer Depay Devastated After Burglary

Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay runs with the ball during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais and OGC Nice on August 31, 2018, at the Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central-eastern France. PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP


Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay had his house burgled during Friday’s Ligue 1 home loss to Nice with the thieves reportedly getting away with a massive 1.5 million euros haul ($1.75 million).

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said the player was distraught, but thought the police had good leads to go on.

“He’s beside himself, he had a lot of valuables in his home,” said Aulas although Lyon police said it was too early to say exactly what the 23-year-old had lost during the break-in.

“We haven’t suffered too much from this kind of thing so far,” said the club president in reference to a string of burglaries that have hit the French football community including Arsenal manager Unai Emery when he was at PSG last season.

“Anyway, the police are on the case, they took prints and there are cameras all over the place. As with all successful people, there’s high security at his house,” Aulas said.

Depay had a quiet night on the pitch as Lyon went down 1-0 at home to Nice.


Teenage Nursing Mother Arraigned For Alleged Burglary In Ekiti

A teenage nursing mother identified as Miss Funke Arowolo, and two others were on Monday arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court in Ado-Ekiti over alleged burglary. 

It was learnt that Arowolo who is 18 years, reportedly broke into a shop and stole
variety of items and cash.

Her accomplices: Seun Adedayo (19) and Sunday Ojo (31) are currently at large as the trio accused persons are facing charges bordering on burglary and stealing.

According to the Prosecutor, Oriyomi Akinwale, the defendants committed the offence on October 30 at about 11: 30 pm at Igbehin Odotu area of the state capital.

He alleged that the nursing mother, her baby and the two men broke into the shop of one Mrs Okelola Bosede, and stole recharge cards of different network valued at N2,400, five packs of Omo clean soap valued at N750 and a cash sum of N9,500.

He also accused them of breaking into the warehouse of one Mr Babatunde Suraju and stole one pack of plastic Maltina and a wooden saving box containing cash of N50,000.

The offence, according to Akinwale, contravened Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.

While urging the court to adjourn the case, he is however hopeful that it will enable him to study the file and assemble his witnesses.

On their part, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Counsel to the defendants, Mr Emmanuel Sunmonu, urged the Court to grant them bail and promised that they would not jump bail.

The Magistrate, Mrs Omolola Akosile, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N10,000 each with one surety in like sum

She thereafter adjourned the case until November 8 for hearing.

Man, 35, Arraigned For Burglary

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A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ado-Ekiti has arraigned a 35-year-old man, Gambo Paul, for an alleged burglary and stealing.

According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Johnson Okunade, the accused committed the offence at Mango Area off Federal Housing Estate in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital Oct. 10th of October at about 11:30 a.m.

Okunade told the court on Thursday, alleged that Paul broke into the apartment of the complainant, one Seun Adebayo, and made away with valuables worth over a hundred thousand naira.

He added, “The accused stole one Tiger Generator, valued at N14,000, one Gold Chain valued at N60,000, one Panasonic Television valued at N13,000, Bag of Semovita and Knorr Chicken seasoning valued at N3,000.

“The accused also stole one Solar Lamp valued at N5,000, one torchlight valued at N2,000, one black leather belt valued at N15,000 and Gold Wedding ring valued at N20,000, belonging to the complainant.”

He said that the offence contravened section 383 and punishable under Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol.1 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.

The prosecutor thereafter pleaded with the Court for adjournment, to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

His counsel, Mr Temitope Omotayo, urged the Court to grant him bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N200,000 with one surety in like sum.

Police Arrest 5 Kidnapping Suspects, Recover 16 Cars In Oyo

police-oyoThe Oyo State Police Command says community policing has led to a noticeable reduction in crime, even as it nabs five kidnapping suspects and recovers 16 cars in one single operation.

The State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, who made the disclosure to Channels Television on Sunday, explained that the latest feat achieved, which was the arrest of notorious kidnapping syndicate in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State, was made possible by an active collaboration with residents.

He added that a statistical analyses of serious crimes committed during the ember months from September to December in 2015, showed a significant reduction when compared to that of 2014.

He said a total of 127 serious cases were reported. Out of the reported cases, 257 arrests were made in relation to robbery, kidnapping, rape and burglary.

Adeleye further submitted that this achievement was made possible because of intelligence-led policing which had been made active by the contributions of the people who provide valuable information to the Police.

Meanwhile, the Police have called on members of the public, whose cars have been snatched in the past weeks, to contact the command for possible identification with valid documents.

$1m Worth Of Chopard Jewels Stolen Inside Novotel Hotel

More than $1 million worth of jewels due to be lent to movie stars at the Cannes film festival were stolen from a hotel room in the French Riviera town.

Thieves ripped the safe out of the wall of the Novotel hotel room overnight where an employee of Chopard, a luxury jeweller, was lodged.

The jewels were loaned to celebrities in Cannes for the world famous annual film festival which opened on Wednesday.

The Swiss-jewellery maker has, however, not commented on the incident, so is the management of the Novotel Hotel.

Chopard, which is also a watchmaker, are the sponsors of the event and also redesigned the festival’s Palme d’Or award.

Police have swung to action to determine who the culprits were as they started with an analysis of the hotel CCTV footage.