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Court adjourns ruling for bail in alleged armed robbery trial


By Sylvester Thompson


Abuja     –      An FCT High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja, on Monday adjourned ruling in the bail application of Tijani Mohammed, 34, in an alleged armed robbery case.
Justice Abba Mohammed adjourned ruling for the bail made by Mohammed’s defence counsel, Mr Ismaila Usman, to Nov. 20.
The prosecutor, Mr Charles Kelechi, who did not oppose the bail application, however, prayed the court to grant the bail on stringent conditions.
The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery when he was first arraigned on July 25, 2017.
The defence counsel said that the case had suffered many adjournments even though the former counsel had filed motion on notice for the bail.
He said this was because the former defence counsel was not available to proceed with the case.
Earlier, the prosecutor had told the court that one Okwashi Fibilus and two others had reported the matter at Kuje police station on June 19, 2017.
He said the complainants alleged that three robbery suspects with guns allegedly invaded their compound in Kuje, damaged their burglary proof and stole some items.
The items included N40,000 cash, a plasma television, a Nokia mobile cellphone, one android phone, an FCMB Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, a Gionee mobile phone and First bank ATM cards.
“The total value of items stolen was estimated at N120, 400,’’ the prosecutor said.
He also said that the Gionee mobile phone was recovered from the defendant where he intended to sell it and was arrested in the process.
“The remaining two suspects are still at large,’’ the prosecutor added.
The prosecutor said the offence was contrary to sections 97 and 298 of the Penal Code.

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