Three armed robbery suspects held in Kuje Prison
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court yesterday ordered three men to be remanded in custody at the Kuje Prisons over alleged armed robbery. Baba-Yusuf gave the order after the Police arraigned one Chukwuemeka Nze, 38; Emmanuel Madobe, 34, and David Obande, 28. The Prosecutor, Mr John Ijagbemi, told the court that the three men were standing trial on a five-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, possession of two pistols and 10 rounds of nine-milimetre live ammunitions.
Ijagbemi said that the accused and one David Ene now at large were also charged with illegal possession of two pistols and belonging to a gang of persons who habitually committed robbery. He said that the offence contravene Section 1 (2)(a) and (b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act Cap R 11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2 of the same Act.
The prosecutor said that the offence was punishable under Section 2(4a) and Section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms Act Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 306 of the Penal Code Cap 89 Laws of Northern Nigeria. Ijagbemi told the court that the three accused persons in collaboration with Ene, sometime in August 2011 in Garki 2, attacked one Shedrack Adejoh of New Karu Extension Abuja.
He said the accused persons robbed Adejoh of his Toyota Camry car with registration number CN 386 RBC, N8,500 cash and a cell phone. The accused persons all pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor, then prayed the court to fix a date for trial to begin.
“My Lord I shall be applying for a date to open our case for hearing in view of their plea,” he said.
Justice Baba-Yusuf, then adjourned the case to March 20, 2013 for hearing (NAN).