BY ONOZURE DANIA
LAGOS— The eight suspected armed robbers, who invaded a Christ Apostolic Church vigil at Oke-AlafIa, February 22, were yesterday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court over theft of N2 million.
The defendants are Agozie Ordu, 32; Adeole Taiwo, 31; Amidu Shittu, 26; David Bojuwola, 21; Ismail Mufutau, 25; Ahmed Akinola, 25; Moruf Bello, 32 and Mutiu Adeosun 20.
They were arraigned before Magistrate Abimbola Komolafe and are facing an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery, preferred against them by the police.
The police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police Iranus Nnamonu, told the court that the defendants conspired together to commit the alleged offence.
He said the defendants robbed at Christ Apostolic Church, Oke-Alafia Yusuf Drive, Alagbado area of Ojokoro, during a vigil.
Nnamonu alleged that the defendants robbed worshippers of various types of cell phones, laptops, palm-tops and N421,105 cash.
The total value of property and cash stolen was put at N2 million, belonging to one pastor Julius Odewale and the members of the church.
He also said the defendants, and others at large, on March 10, between 2am and 2:15am, at Adura area of Ojokoro, also robbed one cell phone and N14,000, property of one Akinlolu Segun.
The prosecutor claimed that the defendants on the same day at 2:30am at Adura, robbed two Blackberry phones valued N300,000 and N20,000 cash, all belonging to one Lukman Sulaiman.
The eight were also alleged to have robbed three phones valued N49,000 and N15,000 belonging to one Oriyomi Imisioluwa on March 10, at 2:45am.
They were also accused of robbing one Jaiyesimi Adegoke of his wedding ring valued N29,000 and one Nokia X2 phone valued N32,000 on the same day, at 3am. They also took N15,000, one Blackberry Curve 2 phone valued N20,000 from other victims.
The defendants were accused of also robbing a female, one Titilope Alatunde, of her iTel phone, valued N10,000, one Blackberry valued N20,000 on the same day at 3:30am at Adura.
According to the prosecutor, the offences are contrary to Sections 297, 294 and 295 of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
It is also punishable under Section 244 of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
However, the accused were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each, with two responsible sureties in like sum each after they had pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
The Magistrate adjourned the matter to June 5 for mention.