5th April, 2017
Four artisans including a teenager, who allegedly armed themselves with broken bottles to rob people in Lagos, were on Wednesday charged before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court.
The accused are Sherif Emiloju, 23, a cobbler; Aanu Amos, 22, a mechanic; Farouq Atolagbe, 21, a printer; Anthony Oriade, 19, a tailor; and Adeyemi Ajibade, 29, a painter.
They are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and robbery.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo told the court that accused committed the offences with others still at large on April 1 at about 11. 05 p.m. on Obadina Street, Lagos Island.
He said the accused entered a compound on Obadina Street, where they met the complainant, Mr Olayinka Hounks and Mr Abass Bashorun in front of their apartments relaxing.
“They threatened to stab them with broken bottles before robbing them of their phones and money.
“While the accused were operating, a team of policemen on duty raided the area and arrested five of them while others escaped,’’ he said.
Ekundayo said one of the phones and N50, 000 were recovered from the accused.
The offences contravened Sections 295 (2), (a) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (as amended).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 295 stipulates a 21- year jail term for offenders.
The Magistrate, Mr Ade Adefulire, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 each with one surety each in like sum.
He said the sureties must have a minimum of N100, 000 in their bank accounts.
The case was adjourned until May 25 for mention.