22nd February, 2011
Two armed robbery suspects were on Monday arraigned before an Ebute Metta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for robbing a truck loaded with 110 cartons of wine at gunpoint.
The duo, Paul Ani, 25, and Joe Joseph, 28, are facing a five-count charge of unlawful possession of fire arms, armed robbery and felony.
The prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Ajayi, told the court that the suspects, with others still at large, attacked the truck containing 110 cartons of red wine, television sets and furniture, valued at N11.5 million.
He said that the accused stole the goods belonging to one Mr. Chinedu Amagba at Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos, on Sept. 9, 2010.
He said the police recovered one unlicensed pistol and two live cartridges from the accused.
The offence contravened Sections 2 (3) and 3 (1) of the Fire Arms and Robbery Act.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Kemi Doja-Ojo, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons, pending advice from the state director of public prosecutions and adjourned the case till March 28 for further hearing.