5 Robbery Suspects Remanded

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Five robbery suspects have been remanded in prison custody until 11 January, 2012 on the orders of a Lagos Chief Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Oyingbo, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

The suspects, Olawale Adebanjo, 24; Nuru Olaiya, 20; Lukman Raheem, 20; Musibau Adegoke, 24 and Okechukwu Daniel, 20 were alleged to have on 8 November, 2011, at 10.20 p.m. at Fagbile Street, Ojuelegba, Lagos, snatched a Toyota Corolla Saloon car with registration number Lagos FQ 331 EKY, belonging to Mrs. Aderinola Oyawoye, at gunpoint.

The police also alleged that the suspects stole two phones and a handbag valued at N200,000 from the victim.

They were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery.

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Count two of the charge reads: “That you, Olawale Adebanjo, Nuru Olaiya, Lukman Raheem, Musibau Adegoke and Okechukwu Daniel, and others still at large, on 8 November, 2011, at 10.20 p.m, at Fagbile Street, Ojuelegba, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial district, while armed with two locally made shotguns and other dangerous weapons, did rob one Aderinola Oyawole, of her Toyota Corolla with registration number FQ 331 EKY, valued at N2.1 million and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 1(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. 398, Vol. XXll, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 as amended.”

They pleaded not guilty to the charges and Mr. O. Olatunji, who is holding brief for the magistrate of the court, Mr. Olatunbosun Abolarinwa, adjourned the case till 11 January, 2012 when the substantial magistrate would decide on the case.

—Paul Sanusi