20th September, 2010
Three suspects, Alhaji Idowu Taofeek Saliu, Saheed Onitola and the suspected receiver ofÂ stolen goods, Adedeji Gbenga have been arraigned before the Ebute-Metta Magistrateâ€™sÂ Court on a three-count charge of conspiracy to commit felony, to wit, armed robbery, anÂ offence contrary to Section 5 (B) and punishable under Section 1(2) (a) of the RobberyÂ and Firearms Special Provision Act, Cap 398 Vol. xxii, laws of the Federation of NigeriaÂ 2004 as amended.
The police alleged that the two suspects and others now at large invaded the residence ofÂ one Yusuf Akindiya at 19, Jegede Close, Egbeda and violently robbed him of his propertiesÂ and a jeep.
Three months later, they were arrested after when the victim sighted the leader of theÂ gang that robbed him, Alhaji Taofeek Saliu, in Egbeda and alerted the police.
Counts one, two and three of the charge read that Alhaji Idowu Taofeek Saliu, SaheedÂ Onitola and others still at large, armed with a military assault rifle, two cut-to-sizeÂ single barrel locally made pistols and other dangerous weapons to rob Yusuf Akindiya of aÂ Nissan Pathfinder SUV with registration number EC216EKY worth N800,000, one 32-inchÂ plasma TV, an LG home theatre, compact discs, nine wrist watches and gold and silverÂ jewelry, all valued at N780,000. A jacket suit valued N40,000 and N60,000 cash were alsoÂ allegedly stolen by the accused person.
Adedeji Gbenga and others still at large allegedly received the stolen goods at Baruwa inÂ Ayobo Ipaja, property of Mr. Yusuf Akindiya and committed an offence punishable underÂ Section 5 of the Robbery and Firearms Provision Acts, Cap. R11, laws of the FederationÂ 2004.
The trial magistrate, Mrs. Dota Ojo did not take the plea of the first two suspects. SheÂ granted the third accused, Gbenga Adedeji, bail in the sum of N500,000 with two suretiesÂ in the like sum. The case was adjourned till 27 September, 2010 for mention.