Farmer,19, in court for alleged armed robbery

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Makurdi – A 19-year-old farmer, Aondona Ayem, was on Friday arraigned  before a Makurdi Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged conspiracy and armed robbery.

Prosecutor Terzungwe Kajo told the court that a police patrol team led by Insp. Matthew Zato, received information on the incident.

Kajo said that the police had information that one of the suspects, who allegedly robbed people at Abakwa village in Buruku, was hiding at Akaajime Area of Gboko.

He said when the team got the report, it swung into action and arrested the accused person and recovered a locally-made pistol with five rounds of live ammunition from him.

The prosecutor further told the court that the accused person made a confessional statement to the police in which he indicted eight other suspects.

Kajo pointed out that the other eight suspects were still at-large but that the accused person had confessed that they robbed their victim, Terwase Gbihi, N8, 000 at gun-point.

He said that the offences contravene Sections 6(b) and 1(2) of the Robbery and Fire Arms Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

However, when the case came up for mention, no plea was taken.

The prosecutor said investigation into the matter was ongoing and asked for adjournment of the case.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Theresa Wergbah, ordered that the accused to be remanded in prison custody.

She adjourned the case to Nov. 2, for further mention. (NAN)

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