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Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

Court remands woman, 6 others over alleged armed robbery

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An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday remanded a 23-year-old woman, Vivian Michael, and six others, in prison custody, over alleged armed robbery.

The other accused  persons are:  Tobi Dosunmu, 26; Olashile Ganiyu, 20; Lukman Adenikan, 21; Moses Ozowe, 24; Jide Shola, 23, and Temitope Isiaka, 20.

The accused persons, whose residential addresses were not given, were arraigned on a two-count of conspiracy and armed robbery.

Dosunmu and Ganiyu are facing additional charges of conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms.

 The Magistrate, Mrs O. Olanipekun, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody till July 21, pending advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

 Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Charles Odii told the court that the accused conspired to commit the offences sometime in October 2013 at Ikorodu, Lagos.

According to him, the accused are members of an armed robbery syndicate which specialises in snatching vehicles from motorists in Lagos.

He said sometime in October 2013, the gang robbed the owner of a Toyota Camry car in Ikorodu Lagos.

In July 2013, they snatched a Nissan Sunny car in Badagry, Lagos and in August 2013, a Volkswagen Golf 4 vehicle was stolen by the syndicate at Agbara, Lagos.

Odii said the cars which are all valued at N5.9million were stolen at gunpoint and the owners of the vehicles are unknown.

He said that the police were able to recover the stolen Toyota Camry Car in Makurdi, Benue.

The prosecutor told the court that Dosunmu and Ganiyu on Jan. 26 at Attan, Otta, Lagos conspired to commit another robbery but their plan was foiled by the police.

 He said they were able to help authorities apprehend other members of the syndicate.

 According to the prosecution, the offences were in contravention of Sections 1(2) (a) (b), 3 and 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the law prescribes the death penalty for anyone convicted of the offence of armed robbery.

The pleas of the accused persons were, however, not taken. (NAN)

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