Jos – A 29-year-old man (name withheld), a staff of Cerkines Nig. Ltd., Jos, was on Friday arraigned at a Jos Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly snatching N1.3 million from the company’s cashier.
The man , according to the Police First Information Report (FIR), was the sales manager of the company but he tricked the cashier, Mr. David Ojugbane, while he was going to the bank to a bush and snatched the money from him (cashier).
The report stated that the suspect tricked the cashier to a nearby bush where other tricksters joined him to attack the cashier and snatched the money.
The prosecutor, Yahaya Adamu, told the court that when the matter was reported, the police began a search for the suspect and when he was arrested, a search was conducted in his house.
An AK-47 riffle and four rounds of ammunitions were found in the house of the suspect, Adamu said.
He said that after police investigations, the suspect was being charged for abduction, causing grievous hurt, theft, preparing to cause death and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.
He said that the offences contravened sections 273, 247 and 290, of the Penal Code law and sections 3 and 8 punishable under section 27 of the Firearms act.
The suspect, however, pleaded not guilt to the charges.
The Defence Counsel, Chris Maigida, prayed the court to grant the suspect bail on the ground that the offences for which he was charged were bailable.
However, the Police prosecutor objected to the bail application because it did not agree with the affidavit in support of the motion.
Adamu told the court that Ojugbane was still in hospital because of the wounds he received from the attack and asked that the suspect be remanded in prison.
Magistrate Helen Danboyi ordered the suspect be remanded in prison and adjourned the case to March 18 for ruling on the bail application and hearing of the case