The five armed robbery suspects arrested in connection with the foiled Mpape bank robbery at a First Bank branch in Mpape, Abuja were arraigned at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Wuse on Friday.
They were charged to court by the FCT Police Command, in a matter with number CR/166/2020, for the robbery attempt that was foiled by security operatives on December 28, 2019.
They appeared before Justice Ajoke Adepoju of Court 22.
The prosecution led by James Idachaba, officer in charge of Legal of the FCT Command, slammed a five-court charge on them bordering on armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.
The suspects Ehizo Larry ‘m’ 30 years, Princewill Obinna ‘m’ 24 years, Elijah David‘m’ 19 years, Timothy Joe ‘m’ 21 years and Ernest Ewim ‘m’ 29 years are the first to fifth defendants respectively.
The fifth defendant (Ewim) was represented by his lawyer, Peter Ihunweze.
Ihunweze, told the court, the first defendant’s (Larry’s), lawyer, Sunday David called him to hold brief for him.
The second defendant (Obinna) was represented by A. G. Enabosi.
Idachaba said before the hearing, if the suspects without representation are unable to get lawyers, they would contact the legal aide council to get lawyers to defend them in line with constitutional requirements.
After they suspects had the charges read to them by the court, they all pleaded not guilty to all of them.
Idachaba said taking into consideration that the suspects had pleaded not guilty, they were ready for trial.
He said they have seven witnesses and also some vital exhibits to prove their case.
He said subject to the convenience of the court, the prosecution would not mind just one week to conclude the trial.
The prosecutor said the case was easy because the defendants were caught in the act.
He called for the remand of the defendants in prison custody pending their trial.
Ihunweze and Enabosi aligned with the submission that the suspects be remanded in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS), while they seek a date to secure bail for the suspects.
Ihunweze said they remained innocent until proven guilty.
Justice Adepoju after listening to all the submissions adjourned the matter to March 13, 2020 for definite hearing.
She ordered the suspects to be remanded in prison custody
Court Orders Immediate Release Of Orji Kalu
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Nigerian Correctional Services to immediately release a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
Kalu is in the Kuje Correctional Service centre following his conviction last December for looting N7.65billion belonging to Abia State.
Justice Mohammad Liman granted the lawmaker’s application for release moved by his counsel Lateef Fagbemi.
The judge made the order after he received no opposition to Kalu’s application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
BREAKING: Senator Muse Dies
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Munir Adekunle Muse, is dead.
Muse was a former lawmaker who represented Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Senate between 2007 and 2011.
His death was announced by his son, Sulaimon Muse, on Tuesday.
Rivers Govt Begins Decontamination Exercise
The Rivers State Government has kick started the decontamination of public places as part of measures to keep the state safe from coronavirus.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who flagged off the programme today at Government House, Port Harcourt, said with the commencement of the exercise, all public places in the state will be decontaminated.
He restated his administration’s commitment to the protection of the lives of everyone living and doing business in the state.
“I have always said that the lives of Rivers people and those living and doing business in the state is paramount. Part of the reason why markets are still shut is because we have not decontaminated them.
“As we decontaminate the markets, particularly the ones in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Area, traders will undertake to abide by all relevant protocols because we are talking about the lives of people.
“All public and private schools will be decontaminated before schools open. Churches and motor parks will also be decontaminated,” he stated.
The Governor reiterated that coronavirus is real and that people who denied its existence have started believing due to the number of persons that had died.
He warned that government will not allow recalcitrant persons who refuse to obey government advisories to infect law abiding citizens with the virus.
“This issue of COVID- 19 is real and government will not hesitate to seal up and prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, business places or offices that fail to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in their premises,” he said.
He urged the Decontamination Team not to compromise standards but to put in their best to ensure that the entire state is decontaminated.
In his speech, the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency, Bro. Felix Obuah said the Decontamination Team made up of medical and environmental experts was put in place in line with the governor’s directives to decontaminate public places in the state.
The Leader of the Decontamination Team, Dr. Ian Abraham Gobo pledged that the team will carry out the exercise with utmost dedication.
He commended the Governor for putting Rivers people first in his fight against COVID-19,adding that the decontamination of the state will give the people a new lease of live when normal business activities resume.
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