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Magistrates’ Court remands 6 men for alleged armed robbery, transfers case to DPP


Enugu –  The Enugu East Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered the remand of six men in prison custody for alleged conspiracy and robbery.

They are Joseph Ani, 48, Solomon Okafor, 46, Chidi Ogbu, 45, Nwabueze Ogbonnaya, 47, Fidelis Ozofor, 50, and Obiora Nnebe, all of Enugu East Local Government Area.

The accused were arrested for allegedly robbing Chinonso Chukwu and Christian Okafor of their lorry and goods valued at N2 million respectively.

The prosecution counsel, Mr C. Nwachukwu, said that the matter was reported at the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Enugu, by the two complainants on April 16.

He told the court that the six accused persons robbed the complainants of their property, saying that the truck belonging to Chukwu was worth N2 million while the iron rods being conveyed and which belonged to Okafor were also worth N2 million.

Nwachukwu alleged that the accused persons conspired among themselves and robbed the two complainants of their property on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway with an AK- 47 rifle.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

The prosecutor said that the offence was punishable under the Robbery and Firearms, Reversed Laws of the Federation.

He mentioned four witnesses who would testify at the hearing of the case.

The Magistrate, Mr D. Ekoh, transferred the case to the state director of public prosecution, saying that the matter was beyond his jurisdiction.

He said that the witnesses should appear at the high court whenever the matter was slated for hearing.

He said that failure by the witnesses to appear in court to testify would amount to a fine of N100, 000 each and adjourned the matter indefinitely. (NAN)

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